Dyscalculia comes from Greek and Latin which means: "counting badly". The Greek prefix "dys" means "badly" and the Latin word Calculia comes from "calculare" which means "to count".
Dyscalculia is considered to be a learning disability involving the inability to understand maths. Although maths disabilities can be a consequence of brain injury, (acalculia) the vast majority of children diagnosed with dyscalculia are known to be of genetic or developmental origin.
Statistics suggest that between 3 and 6% of the population suffer with Dyscalculia in the UK without suffering from any other learning disability (i.e. dyslexia)
Below are a few symptoms that may indicate that your child could possibly suffer from this disability.
Multi-sensory teaching methods.
Providing your child with additional supplies such as graph paper and coloured pencils can help your child tackle their maths problems. Using visual aids such as drawing pictures, providing coloured beads, coins or other small objects can also help your child with simple problem solving tasks such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Dyscalculia tends to be associated with a negative self-image as a learner of maths, so anything that builds confidence and self-esteem is likely to be helpful. A child with dyscalculia will not simply catch up on their own - they need extra help as soon as possible.
Most children that suffer with dyscalculia or any other learning difficulty will benefit from one to one private tuition. A tutor can analyse specific issues that your child encounters when tackling problem solving tasks and adapt the learning techniques accordingly. If you are looking for a tutor specialized in learning difficulties, choose our "special needs" field as subject to find a tutor in your local area.