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Dyscalculia: Why Some Smart People Can't Do Math
Math Exercises

What does Dyscalculia look like? 

A student with Dyscalculia may

  • have started to count late

  • have trouble with patterns

  • count one-by-one on fingers or use tally marks

  • have difficulty composing and decomposing numbers

  • forget math facts (or can't seem to learn them)

  • struggle with procedures, notation

  • copy numbers out of order

  • forget or lose information - log in numbers, phone numbers, deadlines


The word dyscalculia comes from the Greek roots for difficulty and calculia, relating to calculation. People with dyscalculia have a poor sense of number. They have difficulties understanding size and quantity. Students who struggle with math are at a disadvantage in school and in handling everyday activities. People who have a specific learning disability in math or dyscalculia may have trouble with:

  • Recognizing numbers and symbols

  • Number sense - being flexible and fluid with numbers

  • Visualizing a mental number line

  • Counting

  • Estimating and mental math

  • Measurement - length, weight, area, time, temperature

  • Working with numbers

  • Patterns

  • Spatial relations - following maps, directions

  • Rules - scoring games, formulas, sorting strategies

There can be learned helplessness, passive learning, issues with memory and attention, as well as anxiety relating to math.

Does your child have difficulty with math? Has your child been diagnosed with Dyscalculia?  

Contact Dr. Judie for a Free Consultation* to see if we can help!

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Please note: NRICH Tutoring cannot diagnose Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, or any other disability. Diagnosis is done through medical professionals such as neuropsychologist or educational psychologists. Please contact a medical professional for help with diagnosis.

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