What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is a condition that affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence (Dyscalculia Association)

 

Indicators of Dyscalculia

An inability to quantify even very small quantities

Poor number sense

An inability to estimate whether a numerical answer is reasonable

Inability to notice patterns

Inability to generalise

Slow processing speed

Immature strategies

Weaknesses in both short term and long term memory

An inability to count backwards reliably

Directional confusion

Difficulty sequencing

Difficulty with language

Poor memory for facts and procedures

Difficulties in word problems and multi step calculations

Problems with all aspects of money

Marked delay in learning to tell the time

 

Dyslexia Assistance is able to undertake Full Diagnostic Dyscalculia Assessments in Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. The full diagnostic dyscalculia assessment takes approximately two and a half hours. 

The assessment investigates three subtypes of dyscalculia: the Procedural Index, the Verbal Index and the Semantic Index.