It’s nothing really unusual for children to have a tough time solving a math problem. But if these difficulties stick around for a longer period to the point that the child reacts strongly to any mathematical activities, then we have a problem. The child may be showing some signs of something called ‘Dyscalculia’. Checkout these Symptoms of Dyscalculia.
How do we define ‘Dyscalculia’?
Dyscalculia or what can sometimes be called as “number dyslexia” or “math dyslexia.”. It is a specific developmental disorder that is biologically based which strongly affects the learning ability related to mathematics and arithmetics. There is no correlation between this condition and the child’s intelligence or the teaching methods used. Mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division pose the biggest challenge for children suffering from Dyscalculia. It complicates everyday aspects of live that involve any mathematical concepts like telling the time, counting money, and performing basic mental calculations.
So how do we spot the symptoms of Dyscalculia?
It is in fact not easy to spot the signs of this condition. Keeping in mind that Dyscalculia is not the same as ‘Math anxiety’, children with this condition show stronger stressful emotions around math. It is important that we should look into the symptoms of Dyscalculia as early as possible.
Symptoms of Dyscalculia:
In pre- school aged children:
1) Have trouble learning the basic concept of counting and often skip over numbers.
2) Problems with linking a number to the word. For example, linking ‘9’ to ‘nine’.
3) Making written errors by copying numbers wrong that are written down.
4) Making sound errors like mistaking the numbers that sound similar
5) They may have trouble classifying the objects by their shape and size.
In primary school children:
1) Problems understanding and recognizing the concept of mathematical signs and symbols.
2) Unable to grasp the logic of basic mathematical structures like addition and subtraction.
3) Unable to remember simple rules of solving problems.
In High school:
1) Have a hard time applying mathematical concepts to day- to- day life like counting money, creating a budget.
2) Very bad at following directions.
3) Unable to solve basic math equations
4) They may be good drivers as they are not good at controlling speed or understanding distance well.
Children that have Dyscaculia may have to take a different approach to learning the concepts of maths and we can help our children whilst also encouraging them to slowly review the material a few times. It is important to keep in mind that children do not grow out of it, but it is treatable.
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