# DYSCALCULIA

MADE BY SOMEONE WITH DYSCALCULIA

## What is Dycalculia?

Dyscalculia is a learning disability. People with have trouble with math at many levels. They often struggle with key concepts like bigger vs. smaller. And they can have a hard time doing basic math problems and more abstract math.

*Common symptoms*

Not knowing which of two numbers is larger;

Understanding the magnitude and relationship of numbers;

Lacking effective counting strategies;

Poor fluency in identification of numbers;

Inability to add simple single-digit numbers mentally;

Limitations in working memory capacity;

Struggling to understand clocks, sheet musics,measure units, etc.;

Difficulty following maps and taking directions;

Bad short-term memory;

Understand math word problems;

Learn basic math, like addition, subtraction, and multiplication;

Link a number (1) to its corresponding word (one)

Understand fractions;

Understand graphs and charts (visual-spatial concepts);

Count money or make change;

Remember phone numbers or ZIP codes.

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**If I am bad at maths do I automatically have dyscalculia?**

** No**. Struggling with maths is normal, even expected. But, dyscalculiac people struggles go beyond maths and school, affecting day-to-day tasks such as taking track of time,telling time,basic math facts, working with money, gauging speed and distance, remembering sequences of numbers, understanding quantities, measuring and visual-spatial processing and etc.

You need to identify with these- not all, but at least a quantity of them, to suspect being dyscalculiac.

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Dyscalculiac people are not dumb (in fact, some scores extremely high in IQ tests and are skilled in many other activities),are not attention-seekers, are not less than a neurotypical person and deserve respect like anyone else and to be included in the LD/ND community.

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I was diagnosed with dyscalculia and ADHD when I was six years old, and I've been educating myself on the matter ever since. I am only seventeen, and I'm not a professional, but I'd like to help my fellow dyscalculia as much as I can so I will try to be as helpful as I can.

I had no idea of numbers and quantity before I joined kindergarten. None. I did not count my toys, my clothes, my teddy bears or sweets. For me, they were simply groups of things with no right quantity.

I remember my first maths class in kindergarten, the teacher had given us a quick introduction of quantities and additions. I didn't understand any of it but assumed it would be better for me to remain silent and wait, because surely I would get what she was saying later.

I didn't!

While everyone already had their answer, I just stared in the whiteboard, and *nothing* would come to my mind; as if me from thinking. But, as much as I tried, I could not even imagine two quantities of whatever examples they gave to me (sweets, toys, etc.) somehow ''coming together'' and forming a new one. After trying to count on my fingers, I answered the teacher with ''three''. She made me re-do the count five more times, and after answering with **any** numbers that came in my head.

After both me and the teacher grew frustrated, she just told me the answer was fourâ€”no further explanation.

This example sums my entire middle and high school experience. People had no patience for me, and I would be treated condescendingly by every teacher or family member I asked for help.

When I was still very young, five or six, I used to mirror my numbers like this:

Whenever I did this, my mother would erase my entire homework a dozen times and ask me to re-do it. But, when I tried to think of a number, three, for an example, I simply could not visualise it in my mind. Same with letter, numbers were something my mind could not replicate in my imagination no matter how much I tried. I couldn't explain how I wasn't able because I was too young to vocalise this level of abstract thoughts, so everyone assumed I was lying to get away from doing homework.

I was not only affected by dyscalculia in school but in almost every aspect of my life. When I was cooking, I could not figure how much water was enough to add in the pan to do pasta; I could not find the right lid of the pan because I could not see the difference in their sizes; whenever I took a break to drink water in school, I used to get lost in the corridors and have trouble finding my way back to my class because I didn't know how to take directions and see the difference between the dozen white doors in the corridors and I could not read the numbers in them.

No one ever believed me, though. The ones who did simply assumed I was e dumb and just helped me to find my class, but not *how* to. Which lead to me being lost almost every week. The excuse of 'I don't know where my classroom is' started to get tired of the teachers, and I was taken as a liar who wanted to skip classes.

As the years passed, I had to come up with my way of dealing with my disability, but some teachers weren't of any help. I was asked to skip subjects and ignore what my classmates were doing, even taken out of classes so I wouldn't be a bother. Now, I'm four months away of doing a critical exam so I can attempt to join a university, and I need to catch up with middle school maths I was made to skip so many years ago because the teachers only didn't w to deal with my disability.

My advice for dyscalculic people is: don't be ashamed, don't be shy to ask for help. You are so much more than a question asking you to measure a triangle or finding an X. You have many other talents that matter way more than your flaws, but ignoring them will not help. Seek alternatives and new learning/studying styles.

You will be alright!