What is Dyscalculia?
Dyscalculia is similar to the better-known condition of dyslexia but, rather than involving having difficulty reading, it means that the person involved struggles to understand numbers and how to use them, including doing mathematics and learning about mathematics.
Having dyscalculia does not imply anything about the intelligence of the person in question. People with a wide range of intellectual abilities can suffer from the condition, with up to 6% of the population (involving similar numbers of men and women) showing symptoms. However, it does sometimes occur together with other learning disabilities and/or physical health conditions, including dyslexia and ADHD. Sometimes, in a minority of cases, it can result from a brain injury, but in most cases we simply do not know why some people have dyscalculia.
Although some symptoms of dyscalculia can be seen in very young children, it is usually diagnosed in older children or even in adults, when they are observed having difficulty with mathematics and activities that involve the application of mathematics. As well as the more obvious example of doing mathematics per se, people with dyscalculia often struggle with dance, which involves motor sequencing, and can find it more difficult than average to acquire skills such as driving, which calls for the good spatial awareness that they often lack.
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