Dyscalculia is a learning disability that impairs an individual’s ability to understand everyday math concepts, make sense of numbers, and memorize formulas. It looks different in everyone who has it — meaning one child may be unable to count to 10, while another can easily count to 100 but struggles with simple addition or subtraction.
Symptoms of dyscalculia show up in the classroom — and far beyond. They affect how your child will play with friends, set up a schedule, and even drive a car. Struggles with math are often easily dismissed — especially if your child seems to do okay in other subjects — but can lead to low self-esteem, anxiety, and missed opportunities if they’re not dealt with as early as possible.
Use this quick self-test to determine whether your child might be showing signs consistent with dyscalculia. Any positive results should be discussed with your child’s school or pediatrician.