What is Dyscalculia? (Difficulties with Maths)

Dyscalculia is a condition that makes it hard to do math and tasks that involve math. It’s not as well known or as understood as dyslexia. But some experts believe it’s just as common. That means an estimated 5 to 10 percent of people might have Dyscalculia.

Symptoms include difficulties with: Grasping the meaning quantities or concepts like biggest versus smallest; Understanding that the numeral 5 is the same as the word five, and that these both mean five items; Remembering math facts in school, like times tables; Counting money or making change; Estimating time,  Judging speed or distance; Understanding the logic behind math and Holding numbers in their head while solving problems.

At PECM, we employ the methods researched by Professor Steven Chinn, an expert on Dyscalculia. Steve has set up two schools for Dyslexic students, has authored several books including “The Test of Cognitive Style in Mathematics, The Trouble with Maths, Routledge International Handbook on Mathematical Learning Difficulties and Dyscalculia and More Trouble with Maths. He has lectured on maths learning difficulties and presented teacher training in over thirty countries.