Dyscalculia is a specific learning difference linked to mathematics.
Dyscalculia is a specific learning difference linked to mathematics, and refers specifically to the inability to perform operations in mathematics or arithmetic. It could be described as an extreme difficulty with numbers.
The literal translation of dyscalculia is having difficulties with calculations. It is thought to be caused by an impairment of the specific part of the brain that performs numerical tasks. This impairment can cause developmental difficulties in acquiring numerical skills, recognising numbers or symbols, mirror writing and keeping numbers in order in calculations.
Students with dyscalculia:
-have difficulties with the simplest of numerical tasks and calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and mental arithmetic and learning number facts such as multiplication tables
-confuse larger numbers with smaller ones and have problems with simple counting
-often do not notice their common mistakes such as transposing, omitting and reversing numbers.
Dyscalculia can also affect day to day tasks such as dealing with concepts of time or measurements, managing money and directions/ orientation.
Our students need explicit explanations, in lots of different ways, to achieve secure understanding. They need recapping, embedding and application of what is taught. We aspire to move students on not only in terms of subject attainment but in terms of the skills that they gain. Our multi-sensory and holistic approach to teaching mathematics at Abbotsway involves teachers, therapists and support staff. We plan for personalised learning and strategies adopted to effect this include modelling, memory games, practical work, creation of memory hooks, peer work and much sharing of good practice within the staff team. Our students become knowledgeable, independent and proactive learners who know that they have potential and know how to achieve it.