Have you noticed that your child is finding it difficult coping with numbers? You may dismiss it as normal Math-related problems but it may be much more than that. It may be Dyscalculia.
By Ashwin Dewan
Maths! The very mention of the word sends shivers down the spine of some while making certain others’ eyes glitter. Of all the subjects in school – Maths, Science, English, Social Science and Language – many fear maths. But the subject isn’t as dreadful as many people say it is. And, children often struggle with math.
However, if your child's struggles with math are of a high-level, it could call for an investigation. For, it might just be a case of dyscalculia. If you have been informed that your child has dyscalculia, or you suspect your child has it, you may struggle over ways to help him.
Dyscalculia, in general terms, is a brain-based condition that makes it extremely hard to make sense of numbers and math concepts.
Children suffering from this condition must work hard just to learn and memorise basic number facts. Often, the child may be doing well in other subjects but when it comes to math, it can be a struggle. These and other factors can lead to the rise of low self-esteem and anxiety in these children.
Let us look at the causes, symptoms, types and possible treatment of dyscalculia in children.
There is no exact cause of dyscalculia that has been found but some causes include:
Although, most children have problems when they study math but certain clues should not be ignored. The initial clue that a child has difficulty with math is if he or she struggles to learn how to count of has inadequate number sense. Normally, by first grade, children should be adept at counting without skipping numbers and also be able to differentiate which of two numbers is larger or smaller.
Children with dyscalculia are often inconsistent in their ability to answer math problems. They also lag their peers in dealing with math problems. Symptoms of dyscalculia include:
Note: In extreme cases, these symptoms may lead to a phobia of mathematics or mathematical devices.
Playing games with your child is an easy and fun way to get your child to love maths. Go through the below ClipBook to read a collection of articles that will help your child look at Math in a different light.
There are several types of dyscalculia in children. Some are verbal in nature while refer to problems in performing arithmetic operations.
Dyscalculia affects more than your child’s ability to handle maths. Since math skills are in use every day in various places such as the kitchen to the playground to the workplace, a child with dyscalculia may suffer in many ways.
There is no cure or prevention for dyscalculia now. However, there are therapies, ways and treatment that could help your child.
Parents should know that it is never too late to overcome a learning difficulty, which includes dyscalculia. It takes a lot of effort and hard work to make a child with dyscalculia work through his challenges and succeed in math.
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