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Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a specific and persistent difficulty in understanding numbers which can lead to a range of difficulties with mathematics. It occurs across all ages and abilities.

Possible signs of dyscalculia

A person with dyscalculia/mathematical learning difficulties may:

  • Have difficulty when counting backwards.
  • Have a poor sense of number and estimation.
  • Have difficulty in remembering ‘basic’ facts, despite many hours of practice/rote learning.
  • Have no strategies to compensate for lack of recall, other than to use counting.
  • Have difficulty in understanding place value and the role of zero in the Arabic/Hindu number system.
  • Have no sense of whether any answers that are obtained are right or nearly right.
  • Be slower to perform calculations. (Therefore give fewer examples, rather than more time).
  • Forget mathematical procedures, especially as they become more complex, for example ‘long’ division. Addition is often the default operation. The other operations are usually very poorly executed (or avoided altogether).
  • Avoid tasks that are perceived as difficult and likely to result in a wrong answer.
  • Have weak mental arithmetic skills.
  • Have high levels of mathematics anxiety.
Last updated: 11/11/2020

Useful links

British Dyslexia Association

BDA Dyscalculia Information

Dynamo Maths - Online dyscalculia support

Dynamo Maths

Leeds for learning - Provision for Mathematical difficulties

Leeds for learning