Tips for boys struggling with math

Michael Gurian, MFA, CMHC Family Counselor, shares advice for parents whose son is struggling with math on how to help them in order to prevent future struggles
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Tips for boys struggling with math

Math learning is so important. It's sort of the other side of reading and writing, so you have to be as good at it as you can be. Some boys take to it right away, obviously. Some boys that are having trouble, we might find that they are having trouble early, so just sort of look at it. If they are having trouble early, then we need to intervene as soon as possible. Get them a tutorial, be the tutor with them. For those boys, you can't just say, "Go figure it out," because their brain just isn't set up that way and we've got to help them. The boys that are having trouble later, in adolescence, that's when it becomes a big emergency. That's when we need to get them a tutorial and get them into groups. Get them to verbalize their learning more, if we can. Also, get them to be hands-on experiential. If there is anything they can learn related to math, for instance, numbers or beads or pennies. For the younger boys, it's great to get them to count their money. It's great to help mom and dad to help with cooking, how many of this, how many of that. Anything that we can absorb in our life, then we can absorb math as a skill.

Michael Gurian, MFA, CMHC Family Counselor, shares advice for parents whose son is struggling with math on how to help them in order to prevent future struggles


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Michael Gurian, MFA, CMHC

Family Counselor & Author

Michael Gurian is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 books published in 21 languages. He provides counseling services at the Marycliff Center, in Spokane, Washington. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs and trains professionals. Michael has been called "the people's philosopher" for his ability to bring together people's ordinary lives and scientific ideas.

 He has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. A number of his books have sparked national debate, including The Wonder of Girls, The Wonder of Boys, and Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, and The Minds of Boys.

Michael has served as a consultant to families, corporations, therapists, physicians, school districts, community agencies, churches, criminal justice personnel and other professionals, traveling to approximately 20 cities per year to keynote at conferences. His training videos (also available as DVDs) for parents and volunteers are used by Big Brother and Big Sister agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

 As an educator, Michael previously taught at Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Ankara University.  His speaking engagements include Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Stanford University, Macalester College, University of Colorado, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and UCLA. His philosophy reflects the diverse cultures (European, Asian, Middle Eastern and American) in which he has lived, worked and studied.

Michael's work has been featured in various media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, Newsweek, Time, People Magazine, Reader's Digest, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Parenting, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, PBS and National Public Radio.

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