Dyscalculia is a disability in understanding mathematics. Now you may wonder why this is classified as a disability when most of the people in the world have found math to be a challenging subject in school.
But dyscalculia is actually a disorder due to a problem inside the brain, rather than a problem of preferences or aptitude.
Dyscalculia affected people actually find it difficult to understand math, even if they are deeply inspired to get a good grip on mathematics.
Most of it happens due to specific types of brain injury, on certain regions in the brain. Dyslexia can also be genetic. Learning disabilities might be transferred through genes from one generation to the other.
So, a child might experience learning disabilities in mathematics due to a genetic carry-over.
People with dyscalculia experience the following problems…
- Unable to remember numbers and equations
- Unable to comprehend simple formulas
- Unable to add, subtract, multiply, or divide simple numbers. Unable to perform simple mathematics with ease
- It can also be caused due to dyslexia. Dyslexia is also a learning disability.
- Dyscalculia is not related to the level of intelligence.
- People with dyscalculia have difficulty in understanding concepts of time. They are bad at quantifying things, and even are below average in gauging differences in distances between, around, to, and from objects.
- They can also portray a weak ability to remember basic facts to function normally in day-to-day affairs. For example, they might find it difficult understanding the correct bus or train stations for certain routes. They will also have a problem of understanding distances, and direction from one place to another, since all this involves numbers.
- So, in other words, it is a condition, where the sufferer will find it difficult with anything that has to do with the processing, analyzing, and comprehending of numbers, or numeric compound of information.
Why does dyscalculia happen?
The possible causes of dyscalculia can be the following…
- Brain injury
- Weak or poor memory, that might exist from birth, or that has been caused due to a recent incident…like an accident, depression etc.
- A genetic tendency to contract dyscalculia
How can dyscalculia be rectified?
The treatment for dyscalculia is not well defined. Some of the options for treatment of dyscalculia are:
- Special schools to help the affected person to function normally
- Improvised teaching style to facilitate a customized learning experience for the affected person