There are a number of myths and misunderstandings around all types of learning disabilities. If your child is struggling with math or has been diagnosed with dyscalculia, you need solid information in order to make informed decisions for your child.
MYTHS and FACTS
|Dyscalculia is dyslexia for math||Dyscalculia and dyslexia are separate conditions that contain some similar symptoms. Students who struggle with both tend to have difficulty with word problems and learning the vocabulary of math|
|People with Dyscalculia can’t do math at all.||Dyscalculia is a math learning disability not a Math inability.|
|Dyscalculia is uncommon.||Although dyscalculia has not had the attention that dyslexia and some of the other difficulties have seen research has found that as many as 13.8% of children might have some form of dyscalculia.|
|Everyone who has dyscalculia have the same struggles with Math.||Dyscalculia covers a wide range of math issues, some will struggle with the basic number concepts while others may struggle with the visual-spatial thinking needed for upper level math like Geometry. The most common factor however is a difficulty remembering basic math facts and completing math problems.|
|Dyscalculia is Math anxiety.||Although students with dyscalculia often become anxious about math, math anxiety and dyscalculia are two separate conditions.|
|Dyscalculia is a reflection of a person’s IQ.||Learning disabilities appear in individuals of all IQ levels.|