Here is the story of someone who found out he had dyscalculia the hard way. Eventually he started taking an ADHD drug and that helped him as he probably also had ADHD. Best quote:
I’m not diagnosing myself with dyscalculia. I also can’t diagnose you with dyscalculia, ADD, or anything else. All I know is that no matter what I did, I could never learn higher math. It wasn’t the teacher. It wasn’t lack of ambition or neglect of study time. And presumably it wasn’t due to general developmental delays, since I’ve managed to do a few other things despite this handicap.uote;
Read the story in our link for today for a saga about someone wanting to master in English and being held back by dyscalculia. The story ends well and the best quote:
I often wondered why I was put through the trauma caused by my dyscalculia. But after thinking about it long enough, it finally dawned upon me that, unlike teachers for whom K-12 schooling was easy and fun, my suffering made it possible for me to understand firsthand what students with learning disabilities, and students with other problems as well, were going through. I didn’t want them to suffer as I had, so I made sure that I treated them with patience and with respect.
We read many stories from people with dyscalculia and from time to time we refer to it here on this blog. Today read the encouragement from someone definitively suffering from dyscalculia who had decided not to have her life ruled by it.
Some unexpected consequences from dyscalculia in the blog post in our link for today with an impact on the health of the pet from the writer. There is even for adults help with dyscalculia. You can improve your number-sense and get guided to exercises that can help you.
People with Dyscalculia have difficulty with simple arithmetic conversions, like what you need to do to cook according to a recipe. The link for today gives an illustration for this. (caution, some strong language is used to illustrate the point)
The onemanbandaccounting has a different view on being “bad at math or numbers” and makes the point that some people use it conveniently for some purposes. Interesting read, probably has some valid points but still you should make sure you detect if it comes from Dyscalculia because there is help!
In this personal blogpost from Jenn Stowell, aka ordinary girl, who has dyscalculia she reveals that she sees numbers as written in color. This is something we don’t hear that much. How is that for you?
The story in our link for today underlines the issue we highlight in one of the golden rules of dyscalculia teaching. Never drill something that is not yet conceptually understood. Don’t teach them a song or rhyme to “remember” a math fact as they will remember the poetry but have no concept of where, when and how to apply it.