Dyscalculia is a term used to describe difficulties with understanding numbers, remembering number facts and performing mathematical calculations. A formal diagnosis of dyscalculia is considered a subset of an overall difficulty with mathematics, when considered amongst a range of factors. Some children and young people will also experience difficulties with solving worded problems and this is not dyscalculia.
Children and young people with dyscalculia can display some of the following characteristics:
Children and young people experiencing difficulty with mathematics in school and at home may be referred for formal assessment of their difficulties. In some cases, a formal diagnosis of dyscalculia may be mentioned in a report, while in other cases a diagnosis of a specific learning disorder with impairment in mathematics may be mentioned. Both of these terms describe difficulties in understanding numbers, remembering number facts and performing mathematical calculations.
Children and young people with dyscalculia or difficulties with mathematics benefit from assistance with a trained specialist teacher to learn all of the numbers, understanding how our number system works, recall of basic facts, knowledge of the steps to perform mathematical calculations and have time to practise these skills. It is recommended to have your child’s eyesight tested before beginning any intervention to ensure they can see the numbers clearly.
At home you can support your child’s mathematics by:
Learning Links offers a range of services that can help children with dyscalculia.
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