Math Learning Disabilities: Symptoms in Grade School Children

The parents of a fourth grade student suspected their son may have math learning disabilities and wanted to know how that was diagnosed. They explained that their son performed well in his other classes, but struggled with math.

They went on to describe a classic pattern of a math disorder most typically referred to as dyscalculia. Since math gets a bit harder in third grade, the symptoms typically begin there or in the fourth grade. To help understand how dyscalculia is diagnosed, it’s important that you identify with some of its symptoms. Those include:

Math Disability Symptoms
Those who are diagnosed with dyscalculia have issues like:

  • writing numbers
  • counting or putting numbers in order
  • troubles grasping math formulas
  • lining up the numbers when doing calculations so the ones are on top of the ones, and the tens are on top of the tens,  etc. . .
  • Simple math like adding and subtracting
  • Adding when you’re supposed to subtract and getting the symbols mixed up.
  • learning names that include numbers
  • remembering or reading a sequence of numbers
  • understanding the information contained in graphs
  • borrowing (or carrying) numbers when doing subtraction
  • and memorizing the times tables – while still understanding the logic behind them.

Math learning disabilities aren’t hard to diagnose. Once you learn that it’s not a matter of more studying, it’s time to think about how to tackle the problem.

Math problems aren’t permanent, they just require an understanding, fun tools to prove to yourself that you can learn and some motivation from a friend. We’ve worked with hundreds of kids teaching them how to understand their way of thinking. If you’d like help understanding how to overcome math learning disabilities, please call us. We would really enjoy helping. Call anytime: 845-628-7910
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