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Mental calculation training program: The *Arithmetic* program aims to stimulate the client’s ability to quickly
complete simple mathematical operations. More specifically, the first objective
is learning basic arithmetic, such as adding with or without carrying,
subtracting with or without borrowing, multiplication tables 1 to 12, etc. The
second objective is to increase the speed with which the mathematical operations
are executed, i.e. automatization of calculating. This automatization requires
learning based on repetition.

**Target Clientele**

Children and adults (6 years and older) who:

- are learning or relearning basic arithmetic
- could benefit from a complementary educational activity

**NOTE**: May be used by anyone as a simple cognitive training activity.

**Target Skills**

Mode: Visual

Principal skill(s) targeted:Basic mathematics(adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing)

The *Arithmetic* program aims to stimulate the client’s ability to quickly
complete simple mathematical operations. More specifically, the first objective
is learning basic arithmetic, such as adding with or without carrying,
subtracting with or without borrowing, multiplication tables 1 to 12, etc. The
second objective is to increase the speed with which the mathematical operations
are executed, i.e. automatization of calculating. This automatization requires
learning based on repetition.

**Exercises**

LevelsStimuli Classes:Sole 114

Scenario and task: The client has to help a parachutist open up his parachute by completing mathematical operations within a given time before the parachutist falls into the water. The exercises consist of mentally solving arithmetical operations, i.e. without the help of a calculator or pencil and paper. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division are all represented. The client is given a certain amount of time to complete the operation. The answer is entered from left to right. The time passing is indicated visually by a parachutist who is falling.In these exercises, the client may choose whether or not to have a demonstration of the problems that were unsuccessfully solved by activating the «Help» option in the menu.

Response mode(s): number keys on keyboard.

Feedback:

Well Done!Correct response provided in time (parachute opens and parachutist is safe) Oops…Incorrect response Oops…Response not provided in time (parachutist falls into the water)

**Difficulty Level Variables**

- complexity of calculations (e.g. with or without carry-overs, etc…)
- amount of time to complete calculation (3 durations)
- adding and subtracting (levels 1 to 33)
- multiplication (levels 34 to 57)
- problems involving adding, subtracting and multiplication (levels 58 to 81)
- division tables (levels 82 to105)
- complex problems involving all four calculations (levels 106 to 114).

__ Level Completion Criterion__: Number of consecutive correct responses needed
varies However, the multiplication and division tables must be mastered before
the level increases.

**The exam**

The exam is comprised of 20 items representative of the exercises proposed in all 114 levels. The four basic operations are represented. The time allowed to provide a response corresponds to the mean duration proposed in the exercises.

**Background**

**Instructions**

« You will be doing arithmetic in your head (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division). Enter your answer as quickly as possible, from left to right, using the keyboard. To correct a mistake, press the backspace key. Once you have typed your answer, press the RETURN key.

Note that the “Demo” option from the “Session” menu will demonstrate calculations that were incorrect. »