My daughter is almost ten. For years,we've worked on addition in so many ways; different manipulatives, games, stories. She still uses her fingers and can't use very many facts easily. I don't know what else to do. When do you suspect a learning disability? When do you move on? I thought about trying your multiplication course? I'm lost. She is an artist and can see and build anything with beautiful proportion. I know math is in there, I just don't know how to reach it. We homeschool.

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**Answer** by Maria Droujkova , Make math your own, to make your own math
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Mar 13, 2016 at 12:58 PM

Excellent question - you formulated the problem clearly, and it will help with figuring it out. First of all, some people use fingers to add throughout their lives - and still get PhDs in math and science. Using touch or visual tools is a personal preference and has very little to do with how much one understands. I would suggest moving on - way on. Try some artistic, hands-on explorations in mathematics. Arithmetic isn't mathematics; try geometry or logic, any area of math. You can download sample Math Sparks from our online courses, and sample chapters from books - and try those. http://naturalmath.com/inspired-by-calculus-online...

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