So how are those with dyscalculia diagnosed? Diagnostic professionals may look for a number of symptoms. A person with this disorder may . . .
have spatial problems and difficulties aligning numbers into columns.
have trouble with sequences of numbers and concepts (left/right orientation).
confuse similar numbers (in sound or appearance).
have difficulties understanding word problems.
have difficulties using a calculator.
have difficulties with abstract concepts of time and direction.
have difficulties recalling schedules or keeping track of time.
lack “big picture/whole picture” thinking (like the ability to grasp or picture mechanical processes).
produce inconsistent results in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
be unable to grasp concepts, rules, formulas, sequences, orders of operation, and basic addition.
have difficulties with memory (e.g., long-term memory or concept mastery).
The Difficulty of Diagnosis
Still, dyscalculia is not often the first designation a psychologist or a special educator may give a person with this condition. If it can be proven, a person may be diagnosed with a learning disability such as visual processing disorder (since it appears that this condition may be associated) or something else. When there’s nothing else there to definitively prove it’s one of those learning disorders, dyscalculia may be written down as the person’s learning disability if the one area affected happens to be math skills.
The post in our link for today is interesting as the writer makes a connection between symptoms for Dyslexia and Dyscalculia. The point being that both learning disabilities are related and often are both present. By looking at these symptoms and realizing that they may be in indication for both, you’ll be ahead of the game for detection.
The study evaluated the classification accuracy of: The Numeracy Screener, a 2‐min test of symbolic (Arabic numerals) and nonsymbolic (dot arrays) discrimination ability. A sample of 222 children who demonstrated persistent deficits (n = 55), inconsistent deficits (n = 51), or typical performance (n = 116) on standardized tests of math achievement over multiple observations was tested. The Numeracy Screener correctly classified children in all three groups. Notably, the symbolic condition has greater sensitivity in discriminating children with persistent DD from the other two groups. Screening tools that assess early numeracy skills may be promising for identifying children at risk for developing severe mathematical difficulties.
Due to the pandemic there seems to be a long wait to get testing for learning disabilities done.
It is important for children to get tested swiftly for a couple of reasons:
The remediation needs to start quickly
The child can develop anxiety
The child is at risk of bullying for not being able to keep up
The article in the link then goes on to note how expensive testing through private resources. Our mother site Dyscalculia Services has realized this and now can offer affordable assessments for Dyscalculia online without the exorbitant wait times.
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Understood partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics on Take N.O.T.E., an initiative that aims to help parents identify learning and thinking differences in children. It includes a simple, four-part memory device — notice, observe, talk, engage — to help families make sense of their child’s difficulties.
Signs of dyscalculia are not always easy to spot. Keep in mind that all kids have trouble with maths from time to time. But children with dyscalculia struggle a lot more than other children the same age. Dyscalculia is not the same as math anxiety because the latter involves strong emotions around Math.
The Eblity blog gives a great overview of the signs of Dyscalculia and the accommodations possible in class
The article in our link for today is about a situation in the UK but the same question can be asked here in the US. Does the identification of children with learning disabilities get hampered by the remote learning mode that many countries are in and if so, what can we do to improve this?
The detection of learning disabilities is still tedious and time consuming and a deep research is required for the simplification of the same. Dyscalculia is one of the Specific learning Disorders (SLD) with a specific impairment in Mathematics. Early detection of Dyscalculia is one of these tedious, time consuming tasks.
Read in our link for today how they use machine learning to handle and improve this.
New research with a large sample size has now confirmed that ANS tasks are not suitable as measures of math development in school‐age populations. The researchers studied other cognitive functions that can replace this as a good measure for Math development in school-age populations, read the article in our link for today to find out what they are.
Here is an interesting piece of research. it appears that when children at the age of four can recognize and draw our Arabic numbers, this is a predictor of how well they will do with arithmetic at six years of age.
A group researchers from Norway has now developed a theory that, like Dyslexia, Dyscalculia also can be impacted or caused by vision problems. A new app can make it easier to investigate the issue. It can help to determine if someone is struggling with visual processing associated with rapid changes in their surroundings.
Simply performing poorly in maths does not necessarily mean that a student has a specific learning disorder in this area. There are a number of reasons why an individual may find it more challenging to develop their numeracy skills
Dyscalculia can easily be mistaken for a situation where a child has math anxiety or got for some time inadequate teaching. Late 2019 a committee launched guidance to try and generate a common view among those who diagnose the condition.
In 2017, state lawmakers banned the cap of 8.5% children in special education, which had been in place since 2004. Then in 2018, the U.S. Department of Education found Texas had violated a federal law requiring schools to serve all students with disabilities. Federal administrators ordered Texas to create a plan to correct the problem, starting with identifying children who had been excluded and making up their missed services.
But in an investigation with the Houston Chronicle, Houston Public Media found that the effects of the cap linger, and children continue to be shut out of their right to special education.
Dyscalculia is an under-researched learning difficulty and as a result, there is little guidance for teachers on how to support learners with the condition. The TES website condensed some valuable insights into dyscalculia, the indicators and how to assess for it in this article in our link for today.
A chiropractor may be able to assess the child with dyscalculia and determine whether subluxations exists in his or her spine and or cranial bones. Chiropractic care, craniosacral therapy and other alternative methods can offer a Dyscalculia treatment where a child may begin to notice improvement in their math skills along with other positive health outcomes.
In our link for today the story from someone who kept her troubles with math a secret. Unfortunately our school system is such that this can go unnoticed. A major reason why Dyscalculia is not diagnosed more often. Here is how she explained getting through school without anyone noticing her math troubles:
The reason that I was never tested was that I passed all my classes with As and Bs. My parents figured that I just hated math. They assumed that I just needed to apply myself. Now the reason that I got good grades was that I copied everyone’s homework and was a great student. My test scores would give me away, but the teachers were always okay to bump up my grade or give me extra credit. I was in the honors classes track, so surely I was such a good student so eager to learn that I could not get a C grade or lower.
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