4 Ways Dyscalculia Can Affect Your Child’s Social Life

By Amanda Morin

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The effects of dyscalculia don’t only show up in math class. Here are four ways your child’s trouble with math can impact her socially.

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4 Ways Dyscalculia Can Affect Your Child’s Social Life

Dyscalculia makes math skills hard to master, but it affects more than just schoolwork. Here are four social challenges kids with dyscalculia commonly face—and ways you can help.

Social Challenge 1
Your child doesn’t want to play popular games.
The dyscalculia link: Many games and playground activities use math skills and strategies that are difficult for kids with dyscalculia.
How you can help: Practice games like Uno and Bingo at home so your child will feel more confident playing them with classmates.

Social Challenge 2
Your child has low self-esteem.
The dyscalculia link: Failing repeatedly in math class can lead kids to assume they’ll fail in other areas, like making friends or trying
new activities.
How you can help: Encourage your child to try afterschool activities that will build on strengths. For example, if your daughter likes to run, see if there’s a Girls on the Run club in your area.

Social Challenge 3
Your child gets teased by classmates.
The dyscalculia link: Kids can be cruel, particularly when they don’t understand why some everyday skills such as telling time and knowing left from right can be so hard for children with dyscalculia.
How you can help: Read books like Helen Lester’s Hooway for Wodney Wat to show your child she’s not the only one who finds some things hard to do. You can also teach her appropriate ways to respond to teasing and talk with school officials about bullying.

Social Challenge 4
Your child is afraid to drive.
The dyscalculia link: Kids with dyscalculia often have difficulty navigating and judging distance and speed, which can lead to a lot of anxiety on the road.
How you can help: Find times and places where your child can practice with very few other cars on the road. If possible, hire a driving instructor who has experience teaching students with learning issues.
Graphic of 4 ways dyscalculia can affect your child's social life
Graphic of 4 ways dyscalculia can affect your child's social life

About the Author

Portrait of Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin is a parent advocate, a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Portrait of Sheldon Horowitz

Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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