“Common Core-era rules that force kids to diagram their thought processes can make the equations a lot more confusing than they need to be.”
“Those who developed the Common Core State Standards clearly ignored brain research in math, as they did in reading; the Common Core emphasizes conceptual understanding at every phase of math instruction. So, even young children are required not only to conduct a simple math procedure, but to also explain and justify every answer.”
This article provides practical advice for assisting dyslexic students in math through “tapping into their highly visual brains and using some creative methods geared for their unique style of learning. “
This article from understood.org reviews different reasons that a child may be struggling with math word problems.
Short summary of research out of the brain research lab at Georgetown.