Hello...I asked a question on one of the math threads in the other forum a while back, and someone kindly suggested I check over here for suggestions in the SC forum. I am not sure how to link to the other thread, I am sorry! A bit of background- I have a 9 year old son who has an undiagnosed anxiety disorder, probably the inattentive type of ADD, (psychologist didn't evaluate him, that is another story) and some other unrelated physical health problems, such as a heart problem, multiple severe allergies, asthma, icthyosis, and slight hypotonia. Wow, sounds like a lot when I write it all down like that! - but he's all around doing terrific, although he does have his issues.

However my question is pretty simple. He is doing ok in math, but he consistently counts on his fingers. He can do it really quickly, so quickly in fact that he progresses nicely in things like X-tra Math , and can do speed drills pretty quickly, as long as they are the one-step kind. But- because of his reliance on counting on fingers so rapidly and habitually, even with skip counting all his multiplication/division problems- he is finding memorizing the facts almost impossible, which is slowing him up seriously in doing multi-step problems, because of the suspected ADD thing, if that makes any sense.. he loses his train of thought as he focuses on the skip counting part, and then freaks out when he has to turn his thoughts back to the next step in the problem at hand and can't remember what he was doing and why? Then the anxiety kicks in, temper flares, heads explode, ah, math is fun around here, lol!

Any suggestions would be so greatly appreciated!

However my question is pretty simple. He is doing ok in math, but he consistently counts on his fingers. He can do it really quickly, so quickly in fact that he progresses nicely in things like X-tra Math , and can do speed drills pretty quickly, as long as they are the one-step kind. But- because of his reliance on counting on fingers so rapidly and habitually, even with skip counting all his multiplication/division problems- he is finding memorizing the facts almost impossible, which is slowing him up seriously in doing multi-step problems, because of the suspected ADD thing, if that makes any sense.. he loses his train of thought as he focuses on the skip counting part, and then freaks out when he has to turn his thoughts back to the next step in the problem at hand and can't remember what he was doing and why? Then the anxiety kicks in, temper flares, heads explode, ah, math is fun around here, lol!

Any suggestions would be so greatly appreciated!

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