The first step is to show your child how to find a relaxed and focused state. Once this has been learned, they are ready to build the skills that will allow them to overcome their difficulties. They will be shown how to recognize and control the thought process that leads to distorted and confused perceptions of words and numerals.
Dyslexic students have a strong preference to think using visual imagery. That is why the programme works largely by using pictures too.
Using clay, the child will first create the alphabet and numerals. This makes sure that they have an accurate perception and understanding of these symbols. After that, they will explore the basic concepts which underlie mathematical understanding. The final stage is to be guided through a series of exercises exploring the principles of mathematics.
The child also will also use the clay to model the short abstract words, called trigger words such as of, both, to, or any. These words are frequently encountered in reading mathematical problems. They cause problems for someone who tends to think with mental images if they find that they cannot form a mental picture to process them.
The length of time needed for the Math Mastery programme depends on the needs of the client and whether they have previously completed a Reading programme. The programme is typically done on an intensive basis and takes between 24 and 36 hours.