How Serious is The Disability Called Dyscalculia


Sometimes, aversion to math in children is not because math is too tough for them. In fact, the problem with these children is that they are suffering from a complex set of math-related learning disabilities. However, children with such a disability do not reflect a single type of disability. The disability varies from child to child.

How Serious Is Dyscalculia?
Dyscalculia is a life-long disability that begins during school-time and persists throughout the life. Owing to the different types of math-related disabilities, the impact also varies from individual to individual. It starts in childhood and can touch upon various aspects of life. Some of the disabilities are as follows:

* Difficulty in comparing and contrasting things using concepts such as taller/shorter or smaller/bigger.
* Difficulty in identifying groups and patterns in a given jumble.
* Difficulty in learning the meaning of numbers.
* Difficulty in finishing tasks such as sorting objects by size, shape or color.
* Difficulty in recognizing numbers, matching numbers with amounts, and learning to count.

Symptoms of Dyscalculia
The symptoms which a child suffering from dyscalculia exhibits are varied. These include the following:

* When a child can recall printed words, but has difficulty reading numbers, or recalling numbers in a series.
* When a child is good at reading, speaking, and writing, but is unable to quickly learn counting and mathematical problem-solving skills.
* When a child is experiencing trouble with remembering time chronically.
* When a child shows command over general math concepts, but is unable to perform specific computations or is unable to organize the solution.
* When a child can memorize mathematical concepts for a day but is unable to recall them the next day.
* A child suffering from poor sense of direction, gets easily disoriented and/or gets easily confused by changes in schedule.
* Difficulty in playing games such as bridge, chess or role-playing video games.
* When a child is unable to keep a tab of score in board and card games.

How to Treat Dyscalculia?
To begin with, it is important to make the child become aware of his/her strengths and weaknesses. Once this is done, a strategy can be formed to overcome weaknesses. Further, it is important to develop this strategy for both inside and outside the class. This would keep the intensity of learning high. The following methods could also be tried:

* New concepts could be explained with the help of real-life examples rather than abstract theory.
* Estimation could be used as the way to solve mathematical problems.
* A place could be ear-marked which does not have too much of distraction.
* Distractions such as lack of resources (pens, pencils, erasers, and other similar things) could be taken care of to help the child fully concentrate on the problem at hand.
* A graph paper could be used to help those students who have difficulty organizing their ideas.

Are There Any Disability Benefits For People Affected with Dyscalculia?
Dyscalculia hampers only the intellectual capability of an individual. His/her physical condition remains perfect and with a little training a person suffering from dyscalculia can easily do some labor or field job. Hence, there is no need for the Social Security Administration to provide any Social Security benefits for such a disability.