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You will also find a section on: Looking for schools that specialise in Dyslexia / Dyscalculia; Psychologists who can test for Dyslexia / Dyscalculia; Dyslexia / Dyscalculia Test Centres and how to find a specialist tutor in your area.

Definition of Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia (pronounced: Dis-cal-qu-lee-ah), affects approximately 3 – 6% of the population. It is a specific learning difficulty in mathematics. Like dyslexia, dyscalculia can be caused by a visual perceptual deficit. Dyscalculia refers specifically to the inability to perform operations in mathematics or arithmetic. It could be described as an extreme difficulty with numbers.

Definition of Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia or math disability is a specific learning disability or difficulty involving innate difficulty in learning or comprehending mathematics. It is akin to dyslexia and can include confusion about math symbols.

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It is essential to recognise dyscalculia as soon as possible before it impacts on a child’s self-esteem. Just as there is no single set of signs that characterise all dyslexics, there does not appear to be the only one cause of dyscalculia.

‘dyslexia and other learning difficulties – a parent’s guide’ – book

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What Causes Dyscalculia

what causes dyscalculia (mathematical difficulty)?


We still do not know very much about this condition. However, it is estimated *3 – 6 % of the population may have it. Around 60% of dyslexics have difficulties with dyscalculia. A lot of research is now taking place, and it is hoped that over the next few years we will begin to understand this a little more.

These factors are often exacerbated by weak processing, sequencing skills and poor-short-term memory problems. They are usually good at answering verbally but cannot tell you how they got the answer. Along with dyslexia and dysgraphia, the extent to which you can be affected by dyscalculia varies tremendously from person to person.

How can I help a student with dyscalculia?

You can help a student with dyscalculia by helping to develop his skills with sequencing, space organisation, deduction, directional awareness, timekeeping and strategy. The earlier it is started, the better.

Reference: *(Badian, 1999; Gross-Tsur et al., 1996; Lewis et al., 1994).

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