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What is it? 

Dyscalculia is a condition that makes it hard for someone to learn arithmetic. Somebody with dysclaculia may not be able to even understand very basic maths problems that will seem intuitive to everyone else. They may learn correct answers to certian problems by rote but they may not be very confident about them.

Dyscalculia is similar to dyslexia but it is applied to numbers instead of words. But there is also a great overlap between the two conditions.

What to look out for 

Be on the look out for someone who has problems with

  • counting (especially backwards or in twos)
  • doing very basic addition
  • estimating or guessing numbers
  • understanding relationships between numbers (like 100 is 10x10)
  • confuse measures 
  • confuse money

What to do 

The essence of helping someone with dyscalculia is giving them time, support and alternative ways of counting. For instance, learning to use an abacus can be helpful to help with learning relationships between numbers.

Who can help? 

You can find out more about the condition and where to get help from several sites.