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Dyscalculia – what is it?

Dyscalculia is dysfunction in the reception, comprehension or production of quantitive and spatial information.

The Department for Education describes Dyscalculia as follows:

Pupils with dyscalculia have difficulty in acquiring mathematical skills. Pupils may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers and have problems learning number facts and procedures.

Put simply, dyscalculia affects the ability to acquire basic arithmetic skills, to grasp relationships between numbers, to deal with maths conceptually.

In terms of everyday life, a person with dyscalculia may have problems with basic arithmetic tasks such as learning times tables, difficulties dealing with money, following simple sequences and rules (such as in playing card or board games), knowing left from right, map reading, telling the time, and grasping the chronology of events, past or future.

While dyscalculia is an umbrella term for the range of difficulties a person may have with maths and mathematical related aspects of life, the blend of difficulties experienced varies from person to person.

According to recent studies, between 3% and 6% of the population is affected by dyscalculia. In addition, some people with dyslexia also have dyscalculia to a greater or lesser extent.

Sources of further information on dyscalculia:

Dealing with Dyscalculia by Steve Chinn ISBN: 978-0-285-63798-6

British Dyslexia Association

The Dyscalculia Centre

SEN Books

Department for Education

Individual tuition can be very helpful for those with dyscalculia because tuition can be tailored to their specific areas of difficulty, and presented in a way that suits them as an individual. If you are interested in individual tuition in the West Oxfordshire or Witney area please email me or have a look at the Tuition and FAQspages for further information.

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