Dyscalculia, the math learning disability, is an inborn condition which makes it hard for children to do the most basic operations in math.
It is possible with specialized tutoring to re-train the brain to partially overcome this condition and ensuring children can cope. Also, in order for them to become successful in school with math, they will need certain accommodations. Only with results from a test will you be able to request the accommodations they need.
Early warning signs include:
1. Number sense, counting, and numbers
• Starting to count at a later age than siblings/classmates
• Taking more time to memorize and learn to write the numerals
• Counting on fingers instead of using math facts from memory
• Using a number line is difficult, no representation in their memory
• Larger numbers are often copied in the wrong order by children with dyscalculia
2. Operations and procedures
• Confusion over math concepts
• Difficulty memorizing math facts, in particular multiplication tables
• Repeated mistakes with Math vocabulary
• ‘Misreading’ a number sentence: add instead of multiply etc.
• Difficulty selecting essential information and choosing the operation in a word problem
• Difficulty selecting the larger of two small quantities without counting
• Issues with perception of shapes and relative sizes
• Difficulty with changing to another unit (days – weeks, pints – gallons)
• Confusion over telling time on a digital and an analog clock
• Children with dyscalculia have difficulty making a rough guesstimate
4. Behavioral characteristics
• Uncomfortable with activities involving counting or numbers
• Making wild guesses or just jotting down random numbers
• Working slowly and inconsistently
• Seems to ‘get it’ one day, ‘forgets’ it the next
• Deliberately avoiding math tasks, while being OK with other subjects
As soon as you observe any of these symptoms with your child, you will do good to get them tested soon.
Our online test on this website is a good start, for a full evaluation you would need to consult with our mothership; dyscalculiaservices.com