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The Homeschool Diner's Guide toHomeschooling Special SituationsDyscalculiaLearning Disabilities (alternate spelling: Discalcula)aka Math Learning Disability by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006When a child has a long history of difficulty in understanding and learning math, he or she may be diagnosed as having dyscalculia. Dyscalculia is often present in combination with Dyslexia, and can cause similar frustration and distress. But dyscalculia can also be found in those without dyslexia. There are several different categories of "number sense" that can be causing difficulties. Some problems can be remediated and some can be "worked around" by developing coping strategies. But some math learning problems seem to be based in biology and cannot be overcome -- much as a color-blind person cannot be taught to "see" colors. While two thirds of adults admit to a fear and loathing of math and varying symptoms of "math anxiety", only about 7% of the population is estimated to have an actual math learning disability. Trouble memorizing math facts is a more common problem in the general public, but having trouble with math facts does not always mean a child has dyscalculia. For instance, many visual spatial learners have trouble memorizing math facts, but are still able to understand other basic number concepts that those with dyscalculia cannot. What is Dyscalculia -- from LD OnlineUnderstanding and Recognizing Math Disabilities -- from PBS ParentsMath Learning Disablities from LD OnlineDyscalculia description, strategies, and technology - from the University of West Virginia Number Blindness: A Hidden Challenge for Mathematics by Ashish Ranpura -- from BrainConnection.com What Counts: How Every Brain is Hardwired for Math -- a book by Brian Butterworth, see also, a Conversation with Brian Butterworth in which he discusses his experiences studying students with dyscalcula Dyscalculia Assessment and Remediation -- more than 20 articles from LD Online ResourcesDyscalculia.org -- lots of articles and resources, plus online diagnosis services (for a fee) dyscalculia screening software -- THE Journal review of a tool factory product that can detect dyscalcula symptoms Online SupportNumeracy Intervention -- a Yahoo! Online support group for DyscalculaDyscalculia Forum -- an international online support forum |