Curious about the dyscalculia testing process? Since every child learns differently, some much more adaptable to the classroom environment than others, it sure does seem strange that schools don’t educate parents on learning disabilities. They aren’t diseases, they aren’t restricted to any IQ level or social standard – they are simply differences in the way the brain works.
A simple understanding would surely ease the mind of most parents, and questions like these wouldn’t be filled with trepidation – just academic curiosity.
Fortunately there are some questions to ask that will help you figure out if you need to pursue dyscalculia testing. For instance if the student answers yes to more than half of these questions, then you should consider further testing.
- 1. After seeing a number written down, if I try to copy it I often mix up the numbers.
- 2. I have the hardest time remembering numbers – even phone numbers that I dial often.
- 3. Fractions baffle me. I don’t understand them.
- 4. I understand what odd and even numbers are, but when asked I have to think a long time to figure out which one is odd and which are even.
- 5. I mix up the math symbols quite easily. + – = X /
- 6. I find it difficult to line up math problems and even more difficult to count backwards.
- 7. And I find it hard to switch from adding to subtracting.
- 8. Finally, doing math just makes me tired.
These are the kinds of symptoms that should lead you to professional testing. Your school should be the first place you go to start the process. They may have you go to a psychiatrist or may have you tested by folks in the school system.
Some of the tests that are given include the IQ, the Wechsler and the Woodcock Johnson Scale of Cognitive Abilities. Another test often used is the Keymath Revised test. The first two are quite general and don’t necessarily provide the level of detail needed to help the student.
However, the last two tests cover 15 specific math areas. Many parents find these tests to be an eye-opener for them because they do narrow down the exact skill sets the student is having trouble with.
If you’d like to now more about the kinds of tests your school may offer, the best kinds of tests you need to make educational headway and other great ways to help kids with math troubles, please contact us.