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What is dyscalculia?



Dyscalculia is a specific learning disorder that is characterised by impairments in learning basic arithmetic facts, processing numerial magnitude and performing accurate and fluent calculations.


A person with dyspraxia may:


  • have difficulty counting backwards
  • have difficulty remembering basic facts despite hours of learning
  • have no mathematical strategies other than counting
  • have difficulty understanding place value and the role of zero
  • have no sense of whether answers obtained are right or nearly right
  • use addition as default operation and avoid others
  • avoid tasks that are difficult 
  • have weak mental arithmetic skills
  • have high level of maths anxiety
  • be slower to perform calculations
  • have a poor sense of number and estimation
  • forget mathematical procedures e.g. long division 


Useful links:


British Dyslexia Association