Dyscalculia is a condition which affects the ability of an individual to acquire arithmetical skills.
Have a look at the following equation:
21 + 12 = 24
21 + 1 + 2 = 24!
For a person with Dyscalculia, this calculation can make perfect sense. Equally, 59 + 1 can be 510, or 11 - 4 = 8 (counting back starting from 11).
Persons with Dyscalculia have difficulty understanding numbers and do not 'see' mathematics. They also find it difficult to read the clock, or to follow directions.
Some typical symptoms of Dyslexia are:
- Inability to grasp and remember mathematical concepts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division), rules and formulas
- Difficulty with the abstract concepts of time and direction
- Inability to keep track of time
- Inability to recall schedules and the sequences of events past and future