• Dyscalculia is a specific learning disorder in mathematics that affects a student’s ability to understand, learn, and perform math and number-based operations.
  • Despite being fairly common (5-7% of elementary school students), math LDs are often overlooked. It is very important for parents, especially those whose child has a language-based disability, to pay close attention to their child’s progress in math.
  • A learning disorder in math tends to become more evident as kids get older. However, the symptoms can appear as early as preschool.


What to look for?


Young Children:

  • Difficulty recognizing numbers
  • Difficulty learning to count
  • Struggles to connect numerical symbols (5) with their corresponding words (five)
  • Difficulty recognizing patterns (shortest to tallest) and placing things in order


Older Children:

  • Significant difficulty learning and automatically recalling basic math facts (2×3, 7+3)
  • Need to use visual aids (like fingers) to help count; trouble with mental math
  • Inconsistent computation; errors due to misreading signs, misaligning problems, carrying numbers incorrectly
  • Trouble with math word problems (unable to grasp concepts and understand terminology)
  • Trouble with multi-step problems and sequences
  • Poor memory (retention and retrieval) of math concepts (may be able to perform math operations one day but draw a blank the next day)
  • Struggle to process visual-spatial tasks, like graphs, charts, and tables


If you think your child may have a learning disability, do not wait! Schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns and determine if testing is warranted.

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