Dyscalculia checklist in Children

Does my child have number dyslexia (dyscalculia)?

Lots of children who have dyscalculia are also dyslexic but not all of them. About 40 - 60% of dyslexic children also have dyscalculia. One of the best signs you have of your child being dyscalculia is that they don’t enjoy maths or numbers and they will use every tool they have to avoid numbers. This can be a very good early sign. Young children in particular - usually love learning new things and love numbers. Look at the Dyscalculia checklist below to see if your child might suffer from Number Dyslexia or Dyscalculia.

Dyscalculia Checklist : Early signs of Maths Dyslexia (Dyscalculia)

Problems learning numbers and counting.  “OMG why can’t you count to 5! I’m not even expecting you to count to 10! Emma down the road has been counting for years whats wrong with you? Aaaaaargh!!!”

Problems learning numbers and counting.

“OMG why can’t you count to 5! I’m not even expecting you to count to 10! Emma down the road has been counting for years whats wrong with you? Aaaaaargh!!!”

Difficulty telling the time. This can take years for them to understand if not taught in a way that makes sense to them.

Difficulty telling the time. This can take years for them to understand if not taught in a way that makes sense to them.

Confuse place values eg hundreds, tens and units.

Confuse place values eg hundreds, tens and units.

Uses fingers to help count rather than doing mental arithmetic.

Uses fingers to help count rather than doing mental arithmetic.

Difficulty remembering numbers eg 34 + 21 = “Mum what were the numbers again??”

Difficulty remembering numbers eg 34 + 21 = “Mum what were the numbers again??”

They will take longer to learn addition than other children.

They will take longer to learn addition than other children.

Can easily get confused playing board games. Saying they don’t like them and giving up easily.

Can easily get confused playing board games. Saying they don’t like them and giving up easily.

Confusing left and right. Easily disorientated when receiving directions.

Confusing left and right. Easily disorientated when receiving directions.

Difficulty in counting numbers or objects in a small group eg the dots on a die.

Difficulty in counting numbers or objects in a small group eg the dots on a die.

If the answer is YES to the majority of the questions above in this Dyscalculia Checklist then your child will probably be dyscalculia (number dyslexia).

If you are still an unsure (or your child is older then we have other Dyscalculia Checklists for them), instinct is often the best way to know if your child has maths related problems. They will basically avoid maths at all costs, cry, tantrum or go extremely quiet when numbers or maths are involved.

After you have completed this Dyscalculia Checklist you now might know there is a problem but don’t worry there are websites out there that can transform your child’s learning and their confidence. Try Table Fables - it’s a website that teaches children using funny animation that involves poos and farts! It makes children laugh and they don’t even realise they’re learning.