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Is Your Smart Child is bad in Maths?

A child with Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a specific learning challenge for math and math-related language/fact retention. This LD can make life extremely difficult for someone, especially a student. For example, students with dyscalculia can struggle with concepts like quantities. coupled with connecting number sense together. It is not uncommon for students to be unable to comprehend the ‘worth’ of numbers and the commutative properties that they have (for example, 3+5 is the same as 5+3).

A Real-Life Story from The House of Child Development

Amir Haimove is an inspiring autism therapist with admirable academic background. While his practice s at The House of child development, he got to meet a student. Elsa is a smart and active child with perfect creative skills. Coupled with rich writing abilities. But he observed that she mightily struggled with her math conducts.

Elsa is a 12-year-old bright student but she still uses her fingers to count or takes time to multiply. Upon asking about the conversion of cents to the dollar, she got confused. And this was something worrisome. Her multiplications were poor. There may be a number of reasons and causes behind a child with Poor Math. such as poor environments, an attention disorder, and anxiety. Nevertheless, Elsa’s struggles were typifying a condition of math learning disorder. Which is known as developmental dyscalculia

Having dyscalculia often goes hand in hand with having a weak working memory. Students will try to recall key math facts, as well as will forget the order to complete the steps. That is necessary to solve a problem. Moreover, students with dyscalculia will understand reasonably. What they need to do to solve a math problem but will not be able to choose the correct operation or apply a formula to solve it.

So, In a nutshell, Dyscalculia refers to as ‘mathematics learning disability’ or sometimes even ‘maths/number dyslexia’.


Types

Listed below are the types, that are going to help you guide through the diagnoses.

 Verbal dyscalculia: 

They may feel difficulty naming and understanding math concepts when presented verbally.

 Practognostic dyscalculia: 

Might face difficulty translating abstract concepts into real-life concepts.

 Lexical dyscalculia: 

Trouble reading and understanding mathematical symbols, numbers and expressions.

 Graphical: 

Difficulty writing mathematical symbols

 Operational: 

Problem completing calculations; the numbers are understood but the process and order in which to perform it are not


Common Signs

  • Struggling with sorting and ordering objects (shape, size, color) coupled with weak object and number association.
  • Difficulty recalling basic facts e.g. unable to memorize times tables.
  • Graphs and pictograms have little meaning and visual representations often will not have any scales.
  • Word problems become challenging; students can often explain what they have to do but ‘forget’ the order of operations.
  • Games that involve number and strategy hold little interest and can become very frustrating.
  • Disinterest and avoidance in math class.

How We Support Students With Dyscalculia diagnosed

  • Using a multi-sensory kinaesthetic approach.
  • Creating a highly structured learning environment and ensuring mastery is met at each level before building in additional skills.
  • Chunking units into smaller skills.
  • Focusing on verbal reasoning; “talk through” math problems and concepts.
  • Training students in assistive technology and apps to support math learning.

What is Dyscalculia?

It’s a problem caused by multiple reasons. It affects the learning abilities of the child. The student might feel difficulty in the Processing match.

What are some symptoms of dyscalculia?

1) Problem counting backward.
2) Challenge remembering ‘essential’ facts.
3) reluctant to perform computations.
4) limited mental arithmetic skills.
5) A poor sense of numbers & appraisal.

What is difference b/w Dyscalculia and dyslexia?

We can call Dyscalculia, a sister to Dylexia. Or people also refer it as a “math dyslexic.” It is a learning disorder, that is associated with numbers and calculations.