Dyscalculia can sometimes be referred to as math dyslexia and can be associated with other learning disorders such as ADHD, executive functioning issues and math anxiety. But they are not the same conditions. Dyscalculia is a math disorder that negatively affects one’s ability to comprehend everything from simple arithmetic to complex math. Math tutoring is crucial for success.
Understanding math is not the only problem for a student with dyscalculia. It also comes with many challenges that impact their ability to perform everyday tasks such as counting change, telling time, distance, or speed. Even remembering numbers can be difficult. This brain-related math disability limits the capacity to quickly compute basic math facts. Math tutors can help!
Symptoms of dyscalculia may vary for each student depending on their different stages of learning math. It is estimated that 5%-7% of elementary school children may show symptoms of dyscalculia. It is yet to be known whether it is more common in boys or girls.
The causes of dyscalculia are still to be discovered. Some of the possible causes include:
Dyscalculia tends to run in the family, the genes have an impact on whether a child has it or not.
The brain structure of individuals with dyscalculia is different in areas where the brain functions less efficiently in handling numbers.
Injuries to a certain part of the brain may cause acquired dyscalculia.
Other factors that may cause dyscalculia are:
Fetal alcohol syndrome
An evaluation is required to determine whether a student has dyscalculia. A child must show a considerably lower than expected capacity in mathematics based on their age, intelligence, and background. A licensed neuropsychologist should perform the evaluation.
Several tests are conducted to assess the student’s:
Different methods are used to determine learning levels.
Tutors, parents, teachers and the neuropsychologist must work together to support students with math disorders in the following ways:
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