Learning Disabilities: Dyscalculia
Thursday, September 06, 2012
Yesterday, we talked about the most commonly known learning disability, dyslexia, and how to accommodate it in the workplace. However, there are many types of learning disabilities beyond dyslexia. Whereas dyslexia is largely associated with difficulties involving reading and writing, there are many learning disabilities associated with math. This group of disabilities is largely referred to as dyscalculia.
- Difficulty with tables (multiplication, subtraction, etc.)
- Difficulty with doing mental arithmetic
- Problems conceptualizing time and judging the passing of time
- Problems with budgeting or financial planning, such as not being able to correctly estimate the cost of purchases on a shopping trip
- Difficulty with reading musical notation
- Difficulty with remembering formulas or mathematical rules
- Problems with estimating distances and sizes
- Difficulty reading map directions and scale
Treatment is similar to other forms of learning disabilities. Extra time, tutors, and specialized instruction can help people with dyscalculia learn math skills in ways that utilize a person's strengths. As each person experiences their math disability differently, as well as having a unique personal skill set, a customized learning programme with one on one teaching is essential.