Monday, February 17, 2014

Warning Signs of Dyscalculia

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If someone said, "My child is dyslexic," many people would automatically know s/he had difficulties with reading.  However, when it come to dyscalculia, many people have never heard the word.  You may be thinking, "What is dyscalculia and how do I know if it is an issue for my child?"

Dyscalculia is a dysfunction with calculations.  It affects approximately 1 in 20 people. Often these people have strong writing skills, are very creative, and demnostrate difficulty with calculating numbers. Trouble counting or challenges with simple addition and subtraction may be be signs of a question of dyscalculia in children. Balancing a checkbook or reading an analog clock could be examples of challenges and adult with Dyscalculia may demonstrate.

Evaluation and treatment in early childhood may remediate many of the challenges shown, however often the symptoms go unnoticed during that time.  The links below this message will help you get a better understanding of dyscalculia and offer some signals to help you identify whether someone you know may be affected by Dyscalculia.

What is Dyscalculia?

Warning Signs in Children

Warning Signs in College Students and Adults

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