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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Dyscalculia Individualized Treatment Plan

Once the evaluation is completed and dyscalculia is diagnosed, we work closely with the individual and their families to develop an individualized treatment plan. This approach is made to fit the individual’s particular requirements and objectives, addressing their particular problems and focusing on their strengths. We adhere to a holistic philosophy that takes into account emotional health and self-confidence in addition to their academic needs.
We work in collaboration with individuals, families, and other professionals involved in the individual’s care. The individual’s changing requirements and goals are taken into account when designing treatments through regular contact and progress monitoring. We are dedicated to acknowledging each success and fostering a sense of accomplishment and motivation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is a math learning disability or mathematics learning disorder. People who have dyscalculia have impacted arithmetic skills and often have trouble understanding numerical concepts.

What are the signs of dyscalculia?

A few signs that may point to an individual having dyscalculia include:

  • Performing calculations slowly
  • Difficulty counting backwards
  • Poor sense of numbers or estimation
  • High levels of mathematical anxiety

That being said, an official diagnosis should be done with the help of medical professionals. Reach out to Waystone Psychology today to book a consultation or appointment.

Is dyscalculia related to ADHD?

Dyscalculia can be related to ADHD. It’s very common that individuals with ADHD often have other learning disorders, and sometimes this can include Dyscalculia.

What are people with dyscalculia good at?

Although people with dyscalculia have trouble with numbers or performing calculations, it’s very common that they excel with words. Whether that be reading, writing, or spelling, people with dyscalculia are often good with creativity and critical thinking skills.

What causes dyscalculia?

There is no known cause of dyscalculia although there is plenty of evidence that displays a correlation between dyscalculia and genes and heredity.

What therapy interventions can be applicable to dyscalculia at Waystone?

Targeted therapies for dyscalculia are a specialty of our team of therapists and educators. In order to enhance mathematical proficiency and number awareness, we use evidence-based strategies and interventions. Our therapy services may include:

Remediation of Mathematical Skills: We focus on building fundamental mathematics abilities like number identification, counting, and simple computations. To improve comprehension and memory, we employ structured and multimodal approaches.

Conceptual Understanding: We put a lot of emphasis on formulating conceptual understanding and problem-solving techniques. Our therapists assist people in understanding mathematical topics by using visual aids, manipulatives, and examples from everyday life.

Memory and Attention Training: There is a common link between dyscalculia and issues with memory and attention. We offer training activities to enhance working memory, attention span, and concentration, enabling people to concentrate on mathematical assignments more effectively.

Metacognitive Strategies: We impart metacognitive skills that enable people to become self-directed learners. These techniques assist individuals in organising, monitoring, and reflecting on their own learning, which enhances self-control and self-assurance.

Emotional Support: We are aware of the psychological effects of dyscalculia and offer a safe space for people to vent their emotions, worries, and frustrations. Our therapists provide direction and coping techniques to control anxiety and develop toughness.

At Waystone Psychology, we are committed to giving the tools needed to overcome obstacles, realise their full potential, and succeed academically. Our all-inclusive dyscalculia care services give the assistance and direction required to lay solid mathematical groundwork and foster a positive attitude toward learning.

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