Indicators of Dyscalculia – Children

Dyscalculia (Mathematial difficulty) Children’s Checklist

Dyscalculia (Mathematical difficulty) Children’s Checklist

The following is a checklist on Dyscalculia (pronounced: Dis-cal-qu-lee-ah). However, when children start school, they may make several of the mistakes listed below. It is only if these symptoms continue beyond the time that the average child/student has grown out of them, they may indicate dyscalculia and advice should be sought.

For ease of reading, he should be transposed for she when appropriate.

Dyscalculia Checklist

Do you/your child frequently:

* Confuse numbers i.e., 51 for 15?
* Transpose and reverse numbers, when reading or writing?
* Confuse: Minus, Subtract, Take away, Less?
* Confuse: Add, Plus, Add on, More?
* Confuse: Times, Multiply?

The two times table on a blackboard.Do you/your child have problems:

* Learning the times tables?
* Working out simple money and change?
* Estimating numbers: Tens, Hundreds, Thousands?
* Working out percentages?
* Working out averages?
* Understanding fractions?
* Has difficulty understanding concepts of place value, carrying and borrowing?
* With understanding 2 + 5 = 7 (but not understand 5 + 2 = 7)?
* Difficulties reading music, because of the mathematics around notes?
* Working out the speed miles per hour?
Clock Face* Telling the time and concepts related to time such as days, weeks, quarters etc.?
* Learning the date?
* Can he answer a question correctly but cannot tell you how he got the answer?
Limited strategic planning, (cannot play games like chess)?

Dyscalculia may not have the same stigma surrounding it, but it is very important that it is recognised as soon as possible.

If these problems are not picked up at an early age, they impact on a child’s self-esteem, and it all takes a long time to correct.