Educational Therapy: some methods

Jana Valeska Chantelau

Dyslexia:
Logographic 
writing system

The logographic writing system is based on the human capability for visual thinking and drawing up pictorial associations. In dyslexic children, these abilities are often very pronounced and well-developed. Thus, the acquisition of a visual system that is applicable for a whole life-time is beneficial for young dyslexic persons. A child can internalize logographic writing in approximately 18 months.

Dyscalculia:
Pizza-technique. And DMS-method

These techniques are applicable from the third school years onwards:

  • The pizza-technique is based on hapticss and aims at conveying the mathematic logic with different kinds of forms, surfaces and dimensions.
  • The DMS-method centers on the narrative figures Double, Minus and Smallish. They explain how to multiply, subtrac or divide numbers by deploying my “voice“ in a straightforward didactic play.

School-related selective achievement deficits:
German golf. Also possible: English golf. And maths golf

This educational game lends itself to developing a basic understanding for languages such as German or English. Likewise, it is a reliable tool for building up a basic understanding for maths. The players need to focus their attention and direct it towards solving a spatial and structural problem. Then, they have to apply their concentration onto the solution path – and the player who can get the learning task right will win the bonus points. I also deploy these playful variants:

  • consonant-golf, double vowel-golf
  • multiple-golf and additions-golf

Alternatives are soccer-German, soccer-English and/ or soccer-math – the basic principle is akin to the principle indicated above.

High-quality learning aids
For primary-school pupils, for instance:

  • gradational counting bars, slide rules and wooden figures, all of which come with high reliability rates in educational therapy
  • fidget spinners for training attention and concentration
  • everyday-toys made of plastics
  • special putties

For advanced learners, trainees and students, for instance:

  • texts drawn from the learner’s personal interests
  • plastic models of the human body
  • memory- and educational games made of cardboard and wood
  • special putties
  • wristbands made of elastic bands for training attention and concentration