Understanding Dyscalculia and Finding Ways To Manage It
Globally, a lot of misconceptions surround the concept of Dyscalculia. While a lot of people think it’s just a ‘numbers dyslexia’, it’s not. Dyscalculia goes beyond just having difficulty in writing the correct numerical answer. It is used to describe learning difficulties that are related to the overall concepts of math. While this is commonly found among students in all across the world, Dyscalculia is treatable and apps like Mathseeds make it even easier.
How to notice Dyscalculia
While it can look different for every individual depending on their age, circumstances and mental development. Here are a few symptoms that are commonly found:
- One finds it challenging to comprehend wider concepts of math such as algebra, geometry, greater-than & less-than etc.
- Difficulty in remembering functions such as addition, multiplication, subtraction, carry-forwarding a number, or dividing a sum.
- Difficulty in understanding the sequence of a sum or remembering the steps that are needed to find an answer to an equation, no matter how simple it is.
- One faces consistent trouble in expressing their mathematical knowledge or completing mathematical homework.
- It is also more likely to diagnose Dyscalculia in children and adults who also face anxiety, ADHD, depression, or dyslexia. However, a lot of more research is required in order to detect a firm cause.
How to manage and treat Dyscalculia
A lot of you may ask ‘can it actually be treated?’ The answer is YES. Dyscalculia can be managed and treated. There are a wide range of options available for both children and adults that can help them combat it. A few easy strategies for children include:
- Continuous practice of basic concepts of math. Sitting with students one-on-one and going over practices such as addition, subtraction etc. can prove to be quite helpful.
- Breaking down complex concepts and modules into smaller bits of information so it becomes easy for them to comprehend.
- While giving personal attention to the child can prove to be fruitful, it is also highly recommended to teach small groups of students together, which can facilitate easy understanding and higher relatability. Most IB Schools all over, including Dubai and GCC, follow a practice of conducting after school classes for students who need extra support, and even arrange for a shadow teacher who is specially appointed for the child suffering from Dyscalculia and pays individualized attention to bring out the best in the child.
- Going over the same concepts over and over again in a demonstrative manner can prove immensely helpful as it encourages deeper understanding among children.
- A lot of students in UAE in the Middle East are also using the Mathseeds app that allows kids to learn mathematical concepts in an easy and interactive manner. It combines highly structured lessons with motivational prompts so the children are not only engaged in learning but also develop a positive approach towards the subject.
- Consulting an education specialist is also a great way of managing Dyscalculia as they can help you with mental exercises and educational resources as per your needs.
While it can be relatively challenging for children and adults to learn mathematical concepts with Dyscalculia, but on the brighter side, it is treatable. Diagnosing it at an earlier stage can make a big difference so don’t shy away from speaking to a credible consultant doctor or child psychologist about this.