Dyscalculia in Children
The first thing we want you to know is that finding out or knowing that your child has Dyscalculia is not a life sentence - they will always have Dyscalculia, but if you act on their learning difference quickly and teach them their basics in a way they can understand, then a lot of the pitfalls of being Dyscalculia can be avoided.
Fact is that if you do have Dyscalculia it is something that you need to learn to live with and there are many tools that can help a Dyscalculia brain learn how to DO maths.
A Dyscalculia brain means that the area of the brain that makes sense of numbers isn’t quite firing the right way. Common signs of kids with Dyscalculia are listed more in-depth on our Childhood Dyscalculia Symptoms page - but one massive sign that is hard to miss is how they just don’t GET anything to do with numbers - confusion and mystery prevail whenever a number is used. If you ask them to get 2 apples they might come back with 3, if you ask them which bowl has more strawberries and which one has less - they will look at you like you are speaking “QT&$ZZ#*ZPPPP” from the planet “BR$RR*PUMPLIK”. Counting from 1 to 10 in sequence will be next to impossible. Simple arithmetic looks and sounds like gobblety gook to them.
The implications of not being able to do maths are huge. From remembering important numbers (like pin numbers) to not knowing if you’re paying the right amount, or understanding their pay, income taxes, interest rates - you name it! Maths is all around us wherever we look.
The best news is that kids with Dyscalculia brains are often gifted in many other ways. Read on in our SUCCESS STORIES section.
Also luckily for us our brains are plastic and can be re-wired and re-moulded to work better. Check out our area on brain NEUROPLASTICITY.