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

**They may have difficulty interpreting math "word problems" and/or with memorizing basic math facts such as the multiplication tables. Improving reading skills should help the child interpret ****"word problems"**. But what about memorizing math fact?

**"word problems"**. But what about memorizing math fact?

### 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**

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**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.