A personal story about someone who struggled with dyscalculia and then moved on to become a special ed teacher with a masters degree. Read the story and note that she got only detected in grade nine. Another good example of why we need to push for early screening in schools and if not in schools, Parents need to be aware. See our latest website http://dyscalculiaaware.org
Read the story in our link for today from someone who wanted accommodations for her dyscalculia in college. She just got flat out told that the accommodations were unfair!
A little over a year ago, I was discussing my accommodations before an upcoming exam with a professor of mine. Even though he signed the agreement to the accommodations from the university, he was still confused about the whole thing. He then proceeded to express his feelings of how my accommodations were “unfair to the other students.” I knew then that the semester was going to be an uphill battle.
It would be so great if people who are educators get themselves trained in a dyscalculia awareness training, so they stop missing early signs and understand that accommodations try to rebalance the playing field, like a ramp for someone with a wheelchair and the handicapped parking at the grocery store.
Today a good reminder from Rocket City Mom that when our children get diagnosed with a condition we tend to focus solely on the challenges this will bring. But there is always the other side of the coin (or medal) with opportunities and strengths that the child also has and develops. A good encouragement to focus on that part of the issue for a change.
Watching the first part of Stupidhead!, the lovable, sincere and silly musical comedy about dyslexia, one is suspicious that its writer-performer is even dyslexic. For one thing, she can spell d-y-s-l-e-x-i-a, something that even Einstein could easily not do. She has trouble with math, organizational skills and directions home – same here – so maybe she’s not so much dyslexic as she is harebrained.
Turns out, Katherine Cullen suffers from dyscalculia, a numbers-based dyslexia that is a legitimate (if niche) learning disability and, as one can imagine, an utterly frustrating condition. Which is what Cullen’s two-hander Stupidhead! is all about: Frustration – frustration with one’s brain, and the audacious overcoming of shame and limitations.
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A wonderful encouragement and advice from a graduate student posted on Reddit.
If you believe in yourself, work hard, and study like you very life depends on it, then you can get through basic math. If Orville and Wilbur Wright had given up after their first failed attempt how different would the world be today?
Read the story of someone who discovers dyscalculia when reading the book “the spy who could not spell”. Early detection and remediation is worth so much! Many problems can be prevented when we are all aware of the early warning signs.
Although we try to stay away from politics on this site, here is a story about a NY politician, diagnosed with a range of things among which dyscalculia, who wants to help and get some legislation going to ensure the Learning disabled get the support they need and deserve. Very interesting read!
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.