Did you always have a bad math score? It could be a disease.

As a child cousin’s math score is not good, every time after the test, she did not dare to take the math results home. A summer vacation, as a math teacher’s grandfather will put her in the home to make up lessons.

From the simplest “to see the number of times”, and then to let people collapse of the “Chicken Rabbit with The cage”, the cousin only to solve the steps and ideas to remember the back will, can barely get more than 80 points in the exam.

Uncle aunt always thought is small cousin don’t work hard, but spring rain June feel, may be “dyscalculia” behind her.

What the? It doesn’t count, it’s sick?

Dyscalculia (Dyscalculia) is a learning disability that refers to the difficulty of a child’s brain in dealing with and understanding numbers and mathematical operations.

It is not the same as dementia, children with this disease IQ is not low, other subjects have no impact on the performance, but in the mathematical calculations, more difficult than their peers.

For example, when they are counted, it is easy to forget where the numbers are …

Children of the same age, for example, can already count simple numbers, while children with Dyscalculia have to arm themselves with index numbers …

For example, children with this disorder can easily regard “3” as “5” and be treated as carelessness by teachers and parents …

Not only that, their ability to perceive numbers is weaker than normal children, and sometimes there is no way to immediately say how many people in the room, sometimes the dice can not be from the direct point of view, more slowly than the reaction of peers.

(I can only say that these are very consistent with my cousin’s performance …) 

Affected by these factors, children with dyscalculia are often anxious about numbers, do not like computing, and see math homework is a panic. For them, any number-related activity, such as scoring scores on the field side, is a torment.

How do you determine if a child has dyscalculia?

See here, certainly a lot of people will say: “I may be a computational obstacle to learn not math”, but this is not necessarily, some children might not like math, or did not seriously study mathematics to lead to poor grades.

In the absence of physical disease, if the parents suspected that the child has dyscalculia, can find experts to test their mathematical ability, mainly includes the following four aspects:

Computational ability: A child’s mathematical ability. The difficulty of the maths test depends on the age of the child.

Mathematical Ability: The 99 multiplication table is equivalent to the age of learning basic mathematical knowledge.

Mental arithmetic: the ability to compute with the brain without the aid of tools.

Quantitative Analysis: the ability to understand and solve mathematical problems expressed in words.

After testing the above 4 competencies, experts assess whether the child has dyscalculia.

Why did you grow up without dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is likely to be affected by genetics, but the pathogenesis of the disease is still unclear, and the only thing that can be congratulated is that the acquired training will gradually improve the situation.

According to the domestic elementary school, middle school, high school Mathematics training task, most people grow up basically will not be affected by the digital operation, after all, calculate and calculator help.

However, if you really want to raise your children’s math grades in childhood, parents are advised to be patient and help them with arithmetic training, and with tools to improve digital computing, such as playing digital games with computers, using tables, pictures, and so on.

The most important thing is that parents should help their children to complete their daily maths work step-by-step, teach them how to smooth their anxiety, no longer afraid of the wrong exercises, can really get used to mathematics.


Original title: What is Dyscalculia? What should I do if my child has it?

Original Author: Smitha Bhandari

Translation: Harry

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