Math is a subject that many students struggle with, especially those who have language problems such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, or aphasia. These problems can affect their ability to read, write, speak, or understand numbers, symbols, and words. As a result, they may have difficulties in memorizing math facts, following instructions, solving problems, or explaining their reasoning.

However, this does not mean that they cannot learn math. In fact, there are many ways to make math learning more accessible for students with language problems, using different strategies and tools. Here are some of the challenges that language problems pose for math learning, and how to overcome them:

- Reading and writing math problems. Students with language problems may have trouble reading and writing math problems, especially word problems that involve complex sentences, unfamiliar vocabulary, or multiple steps. They may also have difficulty writing their answers in a clear and organized way. To help them, teachers can use the following strategies¹²:
- Simplify the language of the word problems, using short sentences, common words, and active voice.
- Provide visual aids, such as pictures, diagrams, charts, or graphs, to illustrate the word problems and the solutions.
- Use different formats, such as multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, or matching, to assess their understanding of the math concepts.
- Allow them to use calculators, spell checkers, or speech-to-text software to assist them with calculations and writing.

- Understanding and using math symbols. Students with language problems may have trouble understanding and using math symbols, such as +, -, x, /, =, <, >, or (). They may also confuse similar-looking symbols, such as 6 and 9, or x and y. To help them, teachers can use the following strategies³⁴:
- Teach the meaning and function of each math symbol, using concrete examples and manipulatives.
- Use consistent and clear notation, avoiding unnecessary or ambiguous symbols.
- Provide verbal cues, such as "plus", "minus", "times", "divided by", or "equals", to accompany the symbols.
- Use color coding, highlighting, or underlining to emphasize the symbols and their relationships.

- Solving and explaining math problems. Students with language problems may have trouble solving and explaining math problems, especially those that require logical thinking, abstract reasoning, or multiple steps. They may also have difficulty expressing their thoughts and strategies verbally or in writing. To help them, teachers can use the following strategies⁵ :
- Break down the math problems into smaller and simpler steps, using scaffolding and modeling techniques.
- Encourage them to use different methods, such as drawing, acting, or singing, to solve and explain the math problems.
- Provide feedback and guidance, using positive reinforcement and constructive criticism.
- Use peer tutoring, cooperative learning, or mentoring programs, to foster collaboration and communication among students.

One of the most innovative platforms that uses these strategies and tools for math learning is Matical Orange , a new startup that focuses on accessible learning of math. Matical Orange offers a unique feature that automates the times tables for children with language problems, using flashcards as a learning method. This feature helps children to master the times tables in a fast and effective way, without relying on language skills. Matical Orange also uses AI to personalize the learning process and provide feedback and support to the learners.