Understanding Dyscalculia With Waystone Psychology

Dyscalculia is a math learning disability or mathematics learning disorder. It’s not unusual for a child to have a tough time with math homework now and then. But if they have problems with numbers or low math test scores but do well in other subjects, dyscalculia could be the reason. People sometimes call it math dyslexia, but this can be confusing because dyscalculia is a different condition.

Dyscalculia isn’t something children grow out of. It can affect them in adulthood. Numbers are involved in several aspects of adult life, including grocery shopping, money management, cooking and getting places on time.

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Dyscalculia Diagnosis And Evaluation

A diagnosis can only be made after an evaluation. Evaluators employ a specific series of tests for dyscalculia. It can also require testing for other difficulties. That’s in part because persons who have dyscalculia frequently also have problems with reading or working memory. Evaluations do more than just identify problems as they show strengths as well.

A diagnosis enables children to get the necessary support at school. Children may receive specialised math teaching, for instance. Additionally, the school could create concessions to make math easier to learn.

If you think your child may have dyscalculia after speaking with their doctor and teachers, make an appointment to see a psychologist at Waystone. We will talk with you and your child and evaluate their math abilities to help determine if they have it as well as how best to support them.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common learning disabilities in Canada?

The most common learning disabilities in Canada are:

  • Dyslexia
  • ADHD
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Processing Deficits

If you suspect that you or your child has a learning disability, contact us today.

Does having a Learning Disability mean you can’t learn?

Absolutely not! People with learning disabilities are often intelligent and some are even gifted. Learning disabilities mean that those living with them have brains which work differently. In order to learn the best, those with learning disabilities need to be taught in ways which take into consideration their strengths and weaknesses.

How can I know if me or my child has a learning disability?

Since learning disabilities are invisible, psychological tests must be performed to determine the extent, if any, of a learning disability in an individual. At Waystone Psychology, we perform Psychoeducational Assessments to determine learning challenges faced by people of all ages. Our tests are highly effective in assessing strengths & challenges faced by individual learners.

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common learning disorders affecting children as well as adults. People with ADHD will have higher than normal activity levels, difficult remaining still for long periods of time, and limited attention spans. While these symptoms are common in children in general, in children with ADHD these issues are much greater than is common for their age and can cause issues with social, educational, and family functioning.

How do people develop learning disabilities?

Nobody is really sure what causes learning disabilities, though sometimes learning disabilities run in families. While recent advances in brain imaging technology suggests that the brains of people with Learning Disabilities function differently than those without them, the exact causes have yet to be identified. Some research has suggested that learning disabilities might have risk factors such as genetics, or factors affecting the fetus’ development in the womb, environmental, and nutritional factors. It is important that these are simply risk factors and are not causes of learning disabilities.