What is Dyscalculia?
Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability that affects the ability to learn arithmetic and mathematics in someone of normal intelligence. These difficulties are brain-based. Dyscalculia causes difficulty with numerical reasoning, working memory, ability to recognize patterns, time perception, telling time, sense of direction, and mental retrieval of mathematical facts and procedures.
How is Dyscalculia Identified?
Students with dyscalculia have trouble adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing numbers. They may lose track when counting or need to count on their fingers for much longer than their peers. Telling time, handling money, and recognizing patterns can also be challenging. Kids struggling with dyscalculia may become anxious when faced with a math problem and may avoid doing math whenever possible.
How is Dyscalculia Treated?
Researchers do not yet know what causes dyscalculia and many students have other learning disabilities that contribute to their difficulty with math. Specialized instruction and extra tutoring can help these students learn how to approach mathematics by using their academic strengths and weaknesses to their advantage.
Does Groves Academy Offer Education Resources for Dyscalculia?
Our school offers small class sizes and evidence-based instruction that is tailored to the unique needs of its students. Students are placed in math classes based on their ability, not grade level.
If you are unsure if your student is struggling with dyscalculia or other learning disabilities, The Learning Center at Groves Academy offers diagnostic services and tutoring to students enrolled in our school as well as the broader community.