Dyscalculia: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler

By Amanda Morin

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In high school, you may start seeing signs of dyscalculia outside of math class, particularly if your teenager is learning to drive. The following symptoms are often seen in high-schoolers with dyscalculia. Some of these may also be seen in kids with dyslexia, dyspraxia or executive functioning issues.

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Dyscalculia: What You’re Seeing in Your High-Schooler

Teens with dyscalculia may struggle with basic math facts as well as skills such as staying on schedule and keeping to a budget. Here’s what you might see.

Freezes When Asked Math-Related Questions
At home: Your child comes home from the mall and isn’t able to tell you the total cost of his purchases.
At school: Your child relies on a calculator to answer a straightforward multiplication problem.
The issue: Kids with dyscalculia tend to have a hard time doing mental math and recalling basic math facts.

Is Constantly Late
At home: Your child misses important events and doesn’t come home for dinner on time.
At school: Your child is frequently late for class and often goes to the wrong classroom.
The issue: Keeping track of time and sticking to a schedule can be hard for kids with dyscalculia.
At home: Your child wildly overestimates how many groceries can be bought for $20.
At school: Your child quickly runs out of spending money on a school trip.
The issue: Kids with dyscalculia can have trouble estimating costs and keeping a budget.
Moves Too Fast or Too Slow
At home: Your child zooms past or lags behind other cars on the road.
At school: Your child sprints through the rst lap when running a mile in gym class—but is exhausted by the second lap.
The issue: Appropriately judging speed and distance can be tough for kids with dyscalculia.
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Amanda Morin

A parent advocate and former teacher, Amanda Morin is the proud mom of kids with learning and attention issues and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Dec 03, 2013 Dec 03, 2013

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