“Effective early intervention may help to reduce the later impact on poor numeracy skills, as it does in dyslexia. Although very expensive, it promises to repay 12 to 19 times the investment” Prof. Brian Butterworth; Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London
- New research in the May issue of the Journal Science describes Dyscalculia as a condition in which learners struggle with basic arithmetic and understanding the meaning and concepts of numbers.
- Dyscalculia, like dyslexia is inherited and affects about 5 to 7 percent of the population, and is often present alongside dyslexia or ADHD. It is common in learners with average to above average intelligence.
- People with dyscalculia have a very difficult time with the sequence and relative values of numbers, which also affect their ability to understand time and money.
- Early diagnosis and intervention are extremely important in helping students with dyscalculia to learn Math in ways they understand. Multisensory arithmetic programs such as Touch Math have shown to significantly strengthen children’s ability to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Although it is socially acceptable to admit having trouble with math, the difficulties that dyscalculics have with arithmetic are far beyond age appropriate levels. This does NOT mean that they are stupid, or that they have trouble with ALL kinds of math. In fact, it is quite common for someone with dyscalculia to excel in geometry, upper level physics or statistics.