Is it Possible to Treat Dyscalculia?
- 21st January 2016
- Posted by: Phi Tuition
- Category: Educational Trends
What is Dyscalculia?
The condition of dyscalculia, or even the word, is not very well known. Dyscalculia is described as a specific learning disability for arithmetics, and the most common explanation would be “math dyslexia”. It is interesting how well known dyslexia is but not dyscalculia. This condition is suggested to affect nearly 5% of the population in general, however, the commonness of this condition in the UK seems to be at least 25%.
This specific learning disability, dyscalculia, causes difficulties in learning the most basic arithmetic facts as well as performing calculations, without having any relevance to the person’s age, educational level or daily and intellectual abilities and disabilities.
What are the Symptoms of Dyscalculia?
The symptoms of dyscalculia extend from forgetting mathematical processes to maximised levels of anxiety in applying maths.
However, this is not seen as an incurable learning disability. It is becoming clearer by day that most children with dyscalculia commonly haven’t learnt the basic arithmetic concepts completely and in a proper manner after all, which makes it more difficult for them to move on to more complicated problems, and hence never overcome the actual problem.
Is There Any Treatment for Dyscalculia?
With the light of this fact, efficient training modules for treating children with dyscalculia are becoming more apparent and powerful in training to defeat dyscalculia. With new, optimised and custom teaching methods, the children with dyscalculia can be trained to understand arithmetic concepts to any level.
Teaching the arithmetic concepts in short chunks of time by reminding them what they learnt in the previous lesson seems to be the key to start with. This way, they can feel that they are in control of their learning process and establish the building blocks. The teaching method should also include multi-sensory methods: they need to use all aspects of their sensory system elements at once. It is suggested that, as they are handling the numbers, if they are saying, hearing and writing them, they learn better and quicker.
As you see, overcoming dyscalculia isn’t a myth or a complicated medical procedure. Using correct and helpful teaching methodologies without making the lessons too long and distracting for them to follow can help children with dyscalculia.