## Developing numeracy is key

Cognitive Connections help students with math disorders by building number sense and developing the pathways for working with mathematical concepts.

Teachers at Cognitive Connections use the following programmes including some which are exclusively developed by the founder

- Maths Perspectives
- Making Math Real
- Number Talks

All the above programmes have the same foundational principles, and they are:

**Multi-sensory** – Manipulatives are used to illustrate abstract concepts and children work with these mathematical concrete materials from the most elementary level ascending in steps to a more abstract and symbolic understanding.

**Explicit** – At every stage, the lessons of the previous step are reiterated and reinforced through a presentation of only one aspect of a concept at a time. The objective of the lesson is clear in the student’s mind.

**Independence** – Our goal is to have students thinking through their problems based on sound mathematical concepts. Unlike traditional tutoring, students do not memorise sequences to solve problems. They are expected to explain why they have chosen a strategy.

**Concrete to Abstract** – because mathematics is a symbolic and abstract subject, all the above programmes strive for deep understanding through manipulatives or clear graphic visuals before any worksheets are given out.