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“Dyscalculia is a condition that affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Learners with dyscalculia may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence.” (DfES, 2001).

Dyscalculia can occur across a range of intellectual abilities.

What do you notice about the child or young person?

You observe the child / young person may have difficulty with; subsisting small quantities; number awareness; estimating; memory; reliable counting; visual and spatial orientation; directional confusion; slow processing; sequencing; noticing patterns; money; and, telling the time.

Dyscalculia Resources

  • Standards Unit Dyscalculia resource. Improving Learning in Mathematics. Challenges and Strategies. 
  • Ronit Bird: information on numeracy for children who have dyscalculia, dyslexia and other specific difficulties.

Last updated 30 September 2020

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