Children with dyscalculia have difficulties with all areas of Mathematics – like telling time, counting money, and performing mental calculations. According to a family psychologist and author – “their brains need more teaching, more targeted learning experiences, and more practice to develop these networks. Dyscalculia frequently coexists with dyslexia.
Signs of dyscalculia are not always easy to spot. Keep in mind that all kids have trouble with maths from time to time. But children with dyscalculia struggle a lot more than other children the same age. Dyscalculia is not the same as math anxiety because the latter involves strong emotions around Math.
What are the signs of Dyscalculia?
Accommodations by Teachers
What are the steps you can take to support a child who has this disability?
No one is sure how many people have dyscalculia, through estimates sum at 3%-6% of the population. Many students with dyscalculia CAN do very well at Math with proper techniques taught by the teachers.
Since Math is so prevalent in day-to-day life, a diagnosis of dyscalculia is never easy. But with the right accommodations – and a little understanding from parents, teachers, and supervisors – children and adults alike can build confidence in math and find the areas in which they thrive.
Dr. Sritama Mitra Ghosh, Assistant Psychology Teacher, School Psychologist and Certified Psychiatric Counsellor, H.M. Education Centre, Hooghly (C.B.S.E.).
I have worked as a guest lecturer in Bijoy Krishna Girls’ College in the Psychology department. Ever since April 2019, I have been working at H.M. Education Centre as an Assistant Teacher and School Counsellor. I have over fifteen years of experience in the teaching field and seven years of experience in the counselling area. Positive attitude towards life – it’s the motto of my life.
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