My child is struggling in Math, could she/he have dyscalculia? Every child is different and many children experience that a Math topic is somewhat harder at the start. When a problem persists despite some extra help or explanations you can consider the possibility of a learning difference in Math. Not all symptoms are combined in one child.
The most common symptoms are:
• Starting to count at a later age than siblings
• Taking more time to memorize the numerals
• Counting on fingers instead of using math facts from memory
• Uncomfortable with activities involving numbers
• Confusion over math concepts
• Difficulty memorizing math facts, in particular multiplication tables
• Repeated mistakes with Math vocabulary
• Inconsistency: seems to ‘get it’ one day, forgets it the next
• Difficulty making a rough guesstimate
• Difficulty with perception of shapes and relative sizes
• Confusion over reading time on a digital and an analogue clock
• ‘Misreading’ the Math problem: add instead of multiply etc.
• Working slowly and inconsistently or just jotting down random numbers
• Deliberately avoiding math tasks, while being OK with language arts or other subjects.