In high school, you may start noticing dyscalculia outside of math class, especially if your teen is learning to drive. Here are four signs of dyscalculia you might see in high school.
1. Freezing When Asked Math-Related Questions
Kids with dyscalculia tend to have a hard time with basic math facts and doing mental math. Your child may come home after picking up milk at one store and something else at another, and have trouble telling you the total cost. Or your child might need to use a calculator to answer a basic multiplication problem.
2. Always Running Late
Keeping track of time and sticking to a schedule can be hard for kids with dyscalculia. Your child may miss important events and may have trouble getting home in time. At school your child might often be late for class and even go into the wrong classroom.
3. Trouble Sticking to a Budget
Kids with dyscalculia can have trouble estimating how much things cost. Your child might wildly overestimate how many groceries can be bought with $15. Kids who get an allowance might use it all right away and be confused about why there’s not enough left to buy more.
4. Moving Too Fast or Too Slow
Judging speed and distance can be tough for kids with dyscalculia. Your child may get behind the wheel and zoom past or lag behind other cars on the road. At track practice, your child sprints through the first lap when running a mile—but is exhausted by the second lap.
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Amanda Morin is the director of thought leadership at Understood and author of “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.” She worked as a classroom teacher and early intervention specialist for more than a decade.
Sheldon H. Horowitz, EdD is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.