Children with special needs can still succeed in math with highly skilled 1:1 instruction
46%
29%
Vast Majority
Our daughter has multiple issues going on with her at the same time, including an intellectual impairment which makes learning extremely difficult. She has struggled for years with math, and we are seeing great results so far with Grokkoli!
Read more >>
Rosalee
Mother of one in San Diego, CA
I have been using this program called Grokkoli and it has helped me move faster through Math. I like that it says it doesn't matter if you get the answer wrong. If you do get the answer wrong, it will help you to figure out the correct answer.
Read more >>
Charlotte
Specialneeds learner in New York, NY
Grokkoli is so user friendly, not only for the parents, but for the kids as well. My daughter is special needs, and still is able to follow along and benefit more so than from other apps we have used.
Read more >>
Joel
Father of one in San Diego, CA
Dyscalculia
Dyscalculia is a complex learning disability that affects an individual's ability to understand and perform mathematical operations. Superficially, it is appear to be similar to dyslexia, but specifically impacts math skills. It can range in severity, with some learners struggling with basic math concepts and others having difficulty with more complex calculations. Dyscalculia affects 57% of the population.
Symptoms of dyscalculia may include difficulty with:
 Counting and understanding numbers
 Understanding and using mathematical symbols and operations (such as +, , ×, ÷)
 Estimating and measuring quantities
 Grasping math concepts, such as place value and fractions
 Solving math problems, even when given stepbystep instructions
 Understanding and using mathematical language in everyday situations
How Grokkoli can help
 Breaks questions down into bitesized steps
 Recasts questions in a wide variety of visual formats
 Automatically pinpoints the source of a learner’s difficulties
 Provides multisensory instruction
 Practices basic cognitive skills as needed
 Presents 1 question at a time in a simple, clutterfree UI that won't overwhelm learners
Dyslexia
Dyslexia is a neurological condition that affects an individual's ability to read, write, and spell. It is a common learning disability that affects about 10% of the population. When it comes to learning math, kids with dyslexia may have trouble reading mathquestion, particularly wordproblems.
Symptoms of dyslexia may include difficulty with:
 Recognizing and decoding words
 Comprehending what they read
 Spelling and writing
How Grokkoli can help
 Provides multisensory instruction
 Recasts questions in a wide variety of visual formats
 Presents 1 question at a time in a simple, clutterfree UI that won't overwhelm learners
ADHD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that affects a person's ability to focus, control impulses, and regulate behavior. It is a common disorder that affects both children and adults.
Symptoms of ADHD may include difficulty with:
 Paying attention
 Staying organized
 Completing tasks
How Grokkoli can help
 Provides multisensory instruction
 Recasts questions in a wide variety of visual formats
 Prompts learners to take frequent breaks
 Presents 1 question at a time in a simple, clutterfree UI that won't overwhelm learners
Level2 Autism
Level2 autism is a complex neurological condition that falls within the broader autism spectrum. Children with level2 autism often find social interactions challenging and overwhelming, may prefer engaging in repetitive behaviors they can perform on their own, and typically require additional support to help them achieve academically.
Children with Level2 Autism may experience difficulty with:
 Certain specific aspects of symbolic/abstract math (which may be concentrated on certain specific concepts, such as placevalue in numbersense, and vary substantially from one child to another)
 Forming connections across different mathconcepts that others might assume to be selfevident
 Maintaining focus if not interested in something
* It's worth noting that children with level2 autism that develop an intense interest in math will often excel at it and significantly outperform their peers.
How Grokkoli can help
 Recasts questions in a wide variety of visual formats, providing concrete anchors for the abstract symbols & concepts being presented
 When Grokkoli breaks questions, problems, and concepts down into their subcomponents, it preserves as much contextual information as possible (the specific numbers involved, the type of shapes being shown, their colors, etc) to create as much concrete continuity as possible
 Presents 1 question at a time in a simple, clutterfree UI that won't overwhelm learners
Math Anxiety
Math anxiety is an emotional response characterized by feelings of fear, tension, and apprehension when confronted with mathematical tasks or concepts. It can significantly hinder a person's ability to engage with and perform well in mathematical activities, even if they possess the necessary skills.
Symptoms of Math Anxiety may include:
 Nervousness or unease during mathrelated tasks
 Fear of making mistakes or being judged for mathematical abilities
 Avoidance of mathrelated activities or discussions
 Negative selftalk and selfdoubt in mathematical situations
 Physical symptoms, such as sweating or an increased heart rate when tackling math problems
How Grokkoli can help
 Math anxiety is not limited to any particular skill level and can impact learners of all ages. Our system is designed to be supportive and encouraging to help alleviate math anxiety.
 By breaking questions down into bitesized steps, and recasting questions in a wide variety of visual formats (where symbolic math bay be a stressor), our system helps build back confidence, reduce anxiety, and foster a positive attitude towards math
 Presents 1 question at a time in a simple, clutterfree UI to avoid overwhelming learners
Cognitive Impairment
Cognitive impairment is a broad term encompassing various conditions that affect cognitive functions, including memory, attention, problemsolving, and overall intellectual abilities. Individuals with cognitive impairment may face challenges in processing information and learning new concepts, making mathematics a particularly demanding subject. It can range from mild to severe.
Symptoms of Cognitive Impairment may include difficulty with:
 Retaining and recalling information
 Concentrating on complex tasks
 Grasping abstract mathematical concepts
 Applying problemsolving strategies
 Adapting to changes in mathematical procedures
 Organizing and sequencing steps in mathematical processes
How Grokkoli can help
 Cognitive impairment can manifest in various forms and degrees, impacting each individual uniquely. As our math tutoring system is designed to adapt to different learning styles and paces, it can provide valuable support to learners with cognitive impairment by offering personalized assistance tailored to their specific needs.
 Breaks questions down into bitesized steps
 Recasts questions in a wide variety of visual formats
 Automatically pinpoints the source of a learner's difficulties
 Provides multisensory instruction
 Practices basic cognitive skills as needed
 Presents 1 question at a time in a simple, clutterfree UI that won't overwhelm learners
Frequently Asked Questions about Dyscalculia

1. What causes dyscalculia?The exact cause of dyscalculia is not fully understood. Research suggests that dyscalculia may be caused by a combination of factors, including brain development and structure. Dyscalculia may also be associated with other learning disabilities, such as dyslexia or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
There is also evidence that dyscalculia may be related to the way the brain processes and stores mathematical information. Some individuals with dyscalculia may have difficulty perceiving and processing numerical information, making it difficult for them to understand and perform mathematical operations.
However, it’s important to remember that dyscalculia is NOT a reflection of an individual's intelligence or potential. With proper support and accommodations, individuals with dyscalculia can learn and succeed in math, just like their peers. Nor is dyscalculia caused by a lack of effort or motivation. Individuals with dyscalculia may struggle with math despite putting in a lot of effort and attempting to learn in the same way as their peers. This is why it is important to provide appropriate support and accommodations to help individuals with dyscalculia succeed in math. 
2. What is needed for kids with dyscalculia to succeed in math?With the right support and accommodations, individuals with dyscalculia can learn and succeed in math. This may include extra time on tests, the use of manipulatives or other visual aids, and working with a tutor or teacher to break down math concepts into smaller, more manageable steps.
Research has shown that visual processing skills are important for math learning and can be particularly helpful for individuals with dyscalculia.
Visual processing involves the ability to interpret and understand visual information, such as shapes, patterns, and spatial relationships. These skills are important for understanding and solving math problems, as math often involves visual representations of concepts such as fractions and geometry.
Some strategies for improving visual processing skills in individuals with dyscalculia may include: Using visual aids and manipulatives, such as number lines, baseten blocks, and fraction circles, to help students understand math concepts and solve problems
 Encouraging students to draw diagrams or create visual representations of math concepts to help them better understand and remember the material
 Using computerbased programs or apps that provide visual and interactive math activities to help students learn and practice math skills

3. How is it that someone learning something like division can still have trouble recognizing quantities or numbersymbols?When we see a question like 5 + 3, most of us instantly recognize the numbersymbol “5”, and have an immediate sense of the quantity that symbol represents. We immediately recognize the “+” symbol and know that it represents addition, where we combine two quantities into one, which can be represented with a number symbol of its own. All of this is automatic for us, in the same way that we just “see” the color blue without needing to consciously think about it.
But being able to quickly decode even the simplest of math questions requires a substantial number of cognitive abilities we take for granted. For some learners, the “5” in that question will not be immediately distinguishable from similar symbols they’ve come across (such as “S” or “6”), requiring mental effort to determine exactly what symbol they are seeing. And other learners may only have a vague idea of the kind of quantity represented by the numbersymbol “5”. These learners must spend additional time and mental effort on decoding the math questions presented to them. This is time and effort that is no longer available to calculate the answer, or grasp a new concept being taught. 
Still have questions? Contact us here