A disorder where one has difficulty processing and learning arithmetic, understanding numbers and manipulating them.
Over 5% of our population has dyscalculia. More interestingly, over 40% of those with dyslexia also have dyscalculia.
- 6 to 7 percent of elementary school students are estimated to have dyscalculia.
- There are several known cause of dyscalculia; it can be inherited, caused by poor brain development, exposure to alcohol within the womb, or possibly even brain injury at anytime in ones life.
- There are some warning signs parents can look for in children as young as 2 years old such, trouble putting numbers and words together (7 and seven), finding it hard to recognize patterns, sorting things by size, shape, or color, and struggling to connect numbers to real life situations, such as, 3 cookies, 4 cars, 5 children ect.
Ways to Help
- Learn as much as you can. Let the child know that you understand his or her learning difficulty. Learn the child's strengths and the child's weaknesses. Then, give the encouragement he or she needs to be as successful as they can.
- Play math games. Practice can make a difference. It can increase skills and help with anxiety. You can use objects such as toys, candy, fruit, or socks to help he or she connect numbers with every day activities.
- Be upbeat. Let the child know when you see her or she doing something great or accomplishing something they don't very often. Encouragement can help with drive and motivation.