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A learning disability known as dyscalculia is also called amath dyslexia. It is very similar to dyslexia since it is a person`s disabilityto comprehend certain information. Mathematical operations like subtracting,multiplying, or adding can be very challenging for people with dyscalculia. Manypeople have struggled with mathematics while in school, but some of them think theyare just not good at it, not knowing they have dyscalculia.

Causes and Symptoms in Children

Dyscalculia appears as a disability to visualize specificnumbers or formulas needed for certain math operations. It can be caused due tosome brain injuries or because a child has a fear of mathematics. It can alsobe caused by trauma triggered by some really bad experiences related to math. Childrenwith dyscalculia often show certain signs as symptoms of it. Such children canhave difficulty in keeping scores in games or have a problem while playing somerole-playing or strategy video game. Telling the time from a clock that is notdigital can also be problem for children with dyscalculia. More symptoms include difficulties in matching numbers, recalling the numbers insequence, number sense or just reading numbers. These children are usually veryslow in learning math skills and counting and parents of such children shouldalways be aware of the situation and try to help their children instead of underestimatingthem. It can be really frustrating for the parents that their child cannot dothe simple math operation like their peers. Children with dyscalculia canwithdraw from the subject completely so they need a lot of emotional supportand understanding from their parents and family. Even in high school this canstill be a problem for some children. Such children find it very difficult topass the math exam.

Symptoms in Adults

Advanced mathematical calculation can be very challenging forthe adults if they haven`t mastered the basic math facts. Some of the symptomsthat show dyscalculia in adults are having difficulties in remembering PINs andpasswords or adding up the costs of groceries without the help of a calculator.They often forget addresses and dates and are unable to count money. Such peoplealso have an inability to read musical notes and difficulties in noting phonenumbers correctly.


Child`s learning disabilities should be evaluated by the trainedprofessional or the teacher in school. Once the diagnosis is made, the parentswould know how to help their child. It depends on the level of learningdisability which method is going to be used in his/her treatment. Parentsmust be patient with their children and try to make the learning of math as easyas possible since they have a certain tempo of learning.

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