# Children with language processing problems often have difficulty with the language of math.

### If the child has working memory deficits a rote memory (flash card) approach may not be the best approach to learning math facts.  A more effective approach might be one that will helps the child understand the way the number system works.  For multiplication facts, use a table that illustrates the progression of math facts (e.g., 3 x 2 is 3 more than 3 x 1).  A  multiplication table make explicit how this works across the whole array of multiplication facts.

For videos tutorials see KhanAcademy.org video- The Multiplication Tables

Here is an example of how you might practice using this approach:

WEEK 1  -  Complete the 3s line in the table above daily.

When you come to one you don’t know  (e.g., 3 x 6), rather than counting on your fingers to count six more than the line above (12 + 6), visualize the addition on a “blackboard in your mind”. That will allow you to add 2 + 6 = 8 and then the 1 in the tens column to get 18.  You won’t need to count on fingers.  You can just “see” it on your mental blackboard and use that to simplify the calculation!

WEEK 2 -  Complete the 4s and 5s lines in the table.  Use your mental blackboard.

WEEK 3 - Complete the 6s and 7s lines in the table.  Use your mental blackboard.

WEEK 4 - Complete the 8s and 9s lines in the table.  Use your mental blackboard.

WEEK 5-  Fill out the whole table every day this week. Use your mental blackboard.