Change Your Perspective: lt’s Just Dyscalculia

What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is a specific and persistent difficulty in understanding numbers which can lead to a diverse range of difficulties with mathematics. It will be unexpected in relation to age, level of education and experience and occurs across all ages and abilities.

Mathematics difficulties are best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, and they have many causal factors. Dyscalculia falls at one end of the spectrum and will be distinguishable from other maths issues due to the severity of difficulties with number sense, including subitising, symbolic and non-symbolic magnitude comparison, and ordering. It can occur singly but often co-occurs with other specific learning difficulties, mathematics anxiety and medical conditions.

Students with Learning Disabilities

Students with learning disabilities (LD) have difficulty acquiring basic skills or academic content due to difficulty using or understanding spoken or written language. These difficulties may impact a student's ability to read, write, spell, think, speak, listen, or do mathematics.

Common classroom conditions can and do affect many students adversely-to some degree, at one time or another, in one way or other-but, some students are especiallyvulnerable to classrooms' hazards (e.g., children of poverty, nonnative speakers, those with attention deficits). Students with learning disabilities are among the mostvulnerable-at chronic risk for "not learning" under the aforementioned conditions, for long-term academic and social problems, and for lifelong debilitating side-effects of their classroom experiences.

Strengthening the Professional Skills of Educators

The school is a place of learning for both the student and adults. Professional development increases the knowledge and practices of the adults and results in skills transfer between adults and students. Students come to the classroom with a range of ability and skill levels. Some students may be high, low, or average achievers when it comes to learning, but there is still a need to address these multiple learning levels. Access to high-quality and continuous professional development gives teachers the tools to enhance their teaching and impact students at all achievement levels.

When educators are able to learn, their students learn more. Continuous PD adds new knowledge to the teacher’s skill set and deepens the competency of the areas where the teacher is already productive.

It is thought that around 5 % of people in Europe , &may suffer from the condition, which can cause problems with estimating numbers, counting backwards and mental arithmetic.

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5 Strategies for Managing Dyscalculia

  • + Talk or Write Out a Problem. For the dyscalculic student, math concepts are simply abstracts, and numbers mere marks on a page.
    + Draw the Problem.
    + Break Tasks Down into Subsets.
    + Use “Real-Life” Cues and Physical Objects.
    + Review Often. Going Beyond Coping Strategies for Dyscalculia.