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Frequently asked questions
What is dyscalculia?
Dyscalculia is a Specific Learning Disorder (SLD), like dyslexia or dysgraphia. Dyscalculia affects the way people learn, understand, and remember math.
I'm bad at math, do I have dyscalculia?
Probably not. Only about 8% of people have dyscalculia (that's 5 million students in the USA alone!). Most people have low numeracy (a poor concept of numbers and how to use them), a weak math foundation (which gets stronger with practice), or poor math instruction.
Dyscalculia and a math learning disability: what's the difference?
The same as the difference between water and H2O-- nothing. Dyscalculia is the math learning disability. The Department of Education agrees: "...there is nothing in the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that would prohibit the use of the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia in a student’s evaluation, determination of eligibility for special education and related services, or in developing the student’s individualized education program (IEP)"-- https://sites.ed.gov/osers/tag/dyscalculia/
How do I know if my student has dyscalculia?
A neuropsychologist or educational psychiatrist/psychologist can make an official diagnosis of dyscalculia. Screeners, RtI programs, and classroom performance can indicate a child may need official testing, but they alone cannot diagnose a learning disability.
What are the signs of dyscalculia?
Prolonged counting on fingers; forgetting math information, even after extra practice; not understanding time, money, or place value; scoring at or below the 30th percentile on a standardized math test; performing math two grade levels behind peers.
Dyscalculia is an unknown disability among educators, yet millions of school age children suffer from this Specific Learning Disorder. It's important to know the facts about dyscalculia. What do leading researchers say about dyscalculia? What are the signs of dyscalculia? What kind of research has been done on this learning disability? If you have more questions, contact us today. We're here to help.