If you recently found out your child has dyscalculia, you might be wondering what doctors and therapists can do to help. It’s important to remember that dyscalculia can’t be “cured.” Here we explain whether or not medications and therapy can help kids with dyscalculia.
As you read, keep in mind that your child can succeed at math and in life. There are lots of non-medical ways to help your child in the classroom and at home.
Are there medications to help kids with dyscalculia?
No medications can treat dyscalculia. However, some kids with dyscalculia do have co-occurring issues, such as ADHD, anxiety or depression. If this is the case for your child, talk to his doctor about whether an ADHD medication, anti-anxiety medication or antidepressant medication could be a part of his treatment plan.
What types of therapy and intervention can help kids with dyscalculia?
There aren’t specific therapies for kids with dyscalculia. But you may want to explore educational therapy. This type of therapy helps kids with different kinds of learning and attention issues develop strategies for working around their issues and dealing with frustration. An educational therapist may be able to help your child get better at working with numbers.
Kids with dyscalculia may have trouble reading and articulating the language of math. In these cases, speech therapy could be helpful.
Kids with dyscalculia may also have trouble with visual-spatial skills. For example, they may struggle to judge distances between objects. If this is the case for your child, you might want to explore occupational therapy.
Children with dyscalculia may be dealing with other issues that emotional therapy can help with. For example, ADHD and dyscalculia often co-occur. So it may be recommended that your child try therapies to address aspects of his ADHD.
These kinds of therapies may lessen some of your child’s anxiety about school and make it easier for him to perform in class. The same may be said for psychological counseling if dyscalculia takes a toll on your child’s self-esteem or causes anxiety or stress.
What educational strategies can help kids with dyscalculia?
The more you and your child’s teachers work together to provide support and accommodations, the better the odds that your child will work through his challenges and succeed in math.
What else can help kids with dyscalculia?
Learn more about what helps kids with dyscalculia and what you can do at home. You may also want to explore Tech Finder for apps and games that can make math easier and even fun for your child.