The following list may indicate a child has dyscalculia – children do not need to have all of these problems. However, if these problems continue beyond the time that the average child has grown out of them, they may indicate dyscalculia and advice should be sought.
Indicators of Dyscalculia in Children
If a child has several of these indicators, further investigations should be made. Likewise, if these issues continue beyond the time that the average child 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.
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?
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?
* 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)?
Early Diagnosis is the key to success!
The earlier dyscalculia is diagnosed, the easier it is to ensure the child receives the correct support at home and school. Although there is no cure for dyscalculia, research has shown the problems can be alleviated with the proper tuition.
Please bear in mind that children vary tremendously at this age. An Educational Psychologist and some other specialists can diagnose someone with Dyscalculia.
This is a guide only and does not constitute medical or psychological advice.
If you are concerned about your child, you should seek professional advice as early as possible.
Maria Chivers 2018