Dyscalculia isn’t as well-known as other learning and thinking differences, such as . In fact, many parents never hear of this math issue until their child is evaluated and found to have it. But it’s important to know there are ways to help kids with dyscalculia succeed in school and in life. Follow these steps to help your child get the support she needs, both in class and at home.
Find out all you can about dyscalculia.
Learn about skills dyscalculia can affect, including number sense and visual-spatial processing. Dyscalculia can also impact your child’s social life. Debunk common myths about dyscalculia. You can also explore expert answers to common questions parents have about math issues and find out how signs of dyscalculia may look over time.
Investigate dyscalculia treatments and therapies.
Talk to your child’s doctor about treatment options. These may include , which can help kids who struggle with the language of math. It may also include educational therapy or , depending on your child’s specific needs. Ask any questions you have about other therapy options. And become familiar with the terms you might hear from teachers, doctors and specialists.
Discuss dyscalculia supports and services with the school.
Schedule a meeting with the school and provide a copy of any reports from specialists or pediatricians. Even if the school has done its own evaluation, having an outside evaluation and recommendations can help with the or process. Discuss which informal supports or classroom accommodations might be appropriate. You can also ask about and tutors.
Teach your child to self-advocate.
Understand the possible emotional impact.
Learn what you can do at home.
Master homework help.
Keep in touch with the school.
About the author
About the author
Lexi Walters Wright is the former community manager at Understood. As a writer and editor, she helps parents make more informed choices for their children and for themselves.
Bob Cunningham, EdM serves as executive director of learning development at Understood.