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What specific difficulties may be due to dyscalculia?

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School-aged kids with dyscalculia may find it hard to:

  • Determine the larger or smaller of two numbers, for instance when they're looking at two different flashcards
  • Estimate things, like how many minutes it may take to finish a task 
  • Understand math word problems
  • Learn basic math
  • Link a number to its corresponding word 
  • Understand fractions
  • Understand graphs, charts and other visual-spatial concepts
  • Count money or make change
  • Remember phone numbers or ZIP codes
  • Tell time or read clocks

SOURCES:

Child Mind Institute: "How to Help Kids with Dyscalculia," "How to Spot Dyscalculia."

Educational Psychologist: "Dyscalculia Assessment and Diagnosis."

Learning Disabilities Association of America: "Dyscalculia."

National Institutes of Health: "Children with ADHD Symptoms Have a Higher Risk for Reading, Spelling and Math Difficulties in the GINIplus and LISAplus Cohort Studies."

News release, University College of London, May 2011.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 5, 2019

SOURCES:

Child Mind Institute: "How to Help Kids with Dyscalculia," "How to Spot Dyscalculia."

Educational Psychologist: "Dyscalculia Assessment and Diagnosis."

Learning Disabilities Association of America: "Dyscalculia."

National Institutes of Health: "Children with ADHD Symptoms Have a Higher Risk for Reading, Spelling and Math Difficulties in the GINIplus and LISAplus Cohort Studies."

News release, University College of London, May 2011.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on September 5, 2019

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