Let’s face it, not everyone likes math. It’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. For the most part, a lot of it isn’t too difficult. We can learn it with practice and such.
However, it’s not so simple for some. Some individuals have what is called dyscalculia. In other words, a math learning disability. Those who have dyscalculia struggle with learning concepts relating to numbers, perform math calculations, and perform so many basic math skills.
This learning disorder is just as common as dyslexia, although perhaps not as well understood. Some individuals who struggle with dyscalculia also struggle with another disorder, such as dyslexia or ADHD. This isn’t always the case, but it does happen for some to struggle with more than one disorder.
For those who have dyscalculia, here are some things that they struggle with:
- Struggle with processing numbers and quantities, such as counting backwards and forwards, or associating a number to the quantity it represents (2 and two)
- Difficulty remembering basic math facts
- Struggle with mental math and problem-solving
- Hard time being able to tell time on an analog clock
These are just some of the things that people with dyscalculia struggle with. It’s not a complete list, but it’s a start and just to give an idea of what people with this disorder have difficulty with.
There are definitely ways to help those with dyscalculia. There are specialists that can help children learn. Accommodations can be made, in some instances.
Having learning disabilities do make some things more challenging. However, there are always ways to make life more manageable.