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Dyscolculia Index  
What is Dyscolculia?  
What are the effects of Dyscolculia?  
What are the signs of Dyscalculia?  
Warning Signs By Age  
What are the warning signs of Dyscalculia?  
How Is Dyscalculia Treated?  
What is Dyscolculia?  
Dyscalculia refers to a wide range of lifelong learning disabilities involving math. There is no single type of math disability. Dyscalculia can vary from person to person. And, it can affect people differently at different stages of life. Two major areas of weakness can contribute to math learning disabilities:


What are the effects of Dyscolculia?  
Disabilities involving math vary greatly. So, the effects they have on a person's development can vary just as much. For instance, a person who has trouble processing language will face different challenges in math than a person who has trouble with visualspatial relationships. Another person may have trouble remembering facts and keeping a sequence of steps in order. This person will have yet a different set of mathrelated challenges to overcome.  
Disabilities involving math vary greatly. So, the effects they have on a person's development can vary just as much. For instance, a person who has trouble processing language will face different challenges in math than a person who has trouble with visualspatial relationships. Another person may have trouble remembering facts and keeping a sequence of steps in order. This person will have yet a different set of mathrelated challenges to overcome.  
Disabilities involving math vary greatly. So, the effects they have on a person's development can vary just as much. For instance, a person who has trouble processing language will face different challenges in math than a person who has trouble with visualspatial relationships. Another person may have trouble remembering facts and keeping a sequence of steps in order. This person will have yet a different set of mathrelated challenges to overcome.  
For individuals with visualspatial troubles, it may be hard to visualize patterns or different parts of a math problem. Language processing problems can make it hard for a person to get a grasp of the vocabulary of math. Without the proper vocabulary and a clear understanding of what the words represent, it is difficult to build on math knowledge.  
When basic math facts are not mastered earlier, teens and adults with dyscalculia may have trouble moving on to more advanced math applications. These require that a person be able to follow multistep procedures and be able to identify critical information needed to solve equations and more complex problems.  
What are the signs of Dyscalculia?  
Having trouble learning math skills does not necessarily mean a person has a learning disability. All students learn at different paces. It can take young people time and practice for formal math procedures to make practical sense. So how can you tell if someone has dyscalculia? If a person continues to display trouble with the areas listed below, consider testing for dyscalculia. Extra help may be beneficial.  
Dyscalculia: Warning Signs By Age  


What are the warning signs of Dyscalculia?  
When a teacher or trained professional evaluates a student for learning disabilities in math, the student is interviewed about a full range of mathrelated skills and behaviors. Pencil and paper math tests are often used, but an evaluation needs to accomplish more. It is meant to reveal how a person understands and uses numbers and math concepts to solve advancedlevel, as well as everyday, problems. The evaluation compares a person's expected and actual levels of skill and understanding while noting the person's specific strengths and weaknesses. Below are some of the areas that may be addressed:  


How Is Dyscalculia Treated?  
Helping a student identify his/her strengths and weaknesses is the first step to getting help. Following identification, parents, teachers and other educators can work together to establish strategies that will help the student learn math more effectively. Help outside the classroom lets a student and tutor focus specifically on the difficulties that student is having, taking pressure off moving to new topics too quickly. Repeated reinforcement and specific practice of straightforward ideas can make understanding easier. Other strategies for inside and outside the classroom include:  


Help students become aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Understanding how a person learns best is a big step in achieving academic success and confidence.  
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