DYSCALCULIA – doesn’t add up!

I suffer from Dyscalculia and only recognised it later in life when I started working with adults with neurodiversity.

At school I was considered such a dunce I was not even entered into the Maths exams, and without this qualification I was told I could never be a teacher! (I did do Teacher Training later as a mature student)

No wonder I struggled to manage the accounts for my business, until I employed a book keeper.

For many people Maths is a subject they have to work at, but for others it seems unfathomable, frustrating, and try as they might, they just cannot ‘get’ it.

‘Dyscalculia’ is part of the spectrum of neurodiversity covering Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, and ADHD. It means “a difficulty to calculate”. Intelligent children getting good grades in other subjects may be failing in Maths, despite extra coaching because of this condition

Like all the other Neurodiversity it will have been present since birth, and shows up in a variety of ways. It may include problems counting, poor time keeping, and difficulty learning times tables, poor map reading or an inability to work out how much change to expect when shopping.

Resources

On You Tube there is a good talk about Dyscalculia   by Dr Horowitz.

www.LD.org has information.

Ann Arbour is a publisher who provides useful remedial materials for Dyscalculia such as Number Tracking, Fractions, Cues and Signals in Maths and a Test of Thinking Style in Mathematics.

A Dyscalculia Screener is obtainable for schools from GL Assessments, for use by professionals. Go to www.gl-assessment.co.uk.

Recommended Reading

Developmental Disorders of Language, Learning and Cognition

By Hulme and Snowling   Pub. Wiley-Blackwell (Chapter 5 Mathematics Disorder)

Even with these remedial materials skilled teachers find it hard to help people with dyscalculia because the brain does not seem to contain the connections needed to make sense of Maths, and this is probably a genetically inherited trait.

Basically it’s how we are ‘wired up’ and we have to accept that working in

Accounting or a shop might not be the best career choice for us!

Instead, concentrate on your strengths and work around your weaknesses.

Once you get a diagnosis the government scheme “Access to Work” may help you at work if you have to handle budgets or numbers.

If difficulty with calculation and time keeping is holding you back contact us.

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