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