understand what is dyscalculia and what sings might tell us if achild has dyscalculia, and the most important is .what we can doabout it.
What is dyscalculia?
There are many different views on how dyscalculia shall bedefined. A neuroscientist might define it from the scanning result
of a child’s brain, a psychologist might define it from the result
of psychometric test, and a math educator might define it as aresult of a math ability test. Most parents would think theproblem of not meeting an expected level is not a problembecause their children are too young.As a math educator, my interest is to observe and to find outwhat I can do about it.
When can dyscalculia happen?
Some children may experience dyscalculia as young as 4 or 5 years old or even younger. They had experienced tremendousdifficulties in learning meth and it was a challenge for me also toteach them. Dyscalculia could also persist to older children likegrade 7 and after this, the symptoms start to appearunnoticeable to parents since they are allowed to use calculatorsbut could be detected by very experienced math tutors bywatching and examining their calculation steps, the most troublearea is when they have to do calculations backward such asfinding factors or square root when a calculator is not allowed.Another sign is they never seem to be able to keep or get Aregardless how much effort the math tutor has put in. This groupof children has more trouble in solving word problems althoughtheir computational skills may be alright.