DYSCALCULIA

+ WHAT IS IT?

Dyscalculia is a mathematical disability in which a person has unusual difficulty solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts. It is called a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in mathematics within the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-Fifth Edition (DSM-V), a manual used by psychologist to determine diagnosis of a variety of mental health concerns.

Dyscalculia is likely an inheritable condition, therefore it often runs in families.

There are no pills to help a person with dyscalculia, however ADHD is a very common co-occurrence with dyscalculia and there are medications for ADHD.

Dyscalculia is a life-long condition but can be significantly improved with targeted remediation.

+ HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?

An educational or psycho-educational evaluation can diagnose dyscalculia.

+ HOW IS IT MANAGED?

Unlike dyslexia, the research and understanding of how to manage dyscalculia is lacking. Still, some research points to the same explicit multi-sensory, systematic and sequential instruction used with dyslexic students as the best approach.

+ HOW CAN THINKING CAP HELP?

Thinking Cap’s psycho-educational assessments can include a diagnosis for dyscalculia. We collaborate with psychologist Dr. John Platt when a diagnosis is involved in our assessments.

Our work with students who have dyscalculia is predicated on the same Orton Gillingham philosophy of instruction we use with dyslexic students. We particularly address under developed number sense as well as math facts memorization. We primarily pull from the Making Math Real program as well as the Perceptions math program.

+ ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

www.understood.org
www.numericalcognition.org