If you are really bad at maths, struggle to tell the time or to assess how fast something is going or to work out prices in shops – you could have dyscalculia.
Often described as dyslexia’s mathematical cousin, dyscalculia sufferers are rarely diagnosed and according too a BBC report this week, latest research at The Queen’s University has found an estimated one in 20 Northern Ireland primary school pupils had symptoms of dyscalculia.
The study followed the maths performance of 2421 primary school children over a number of school years. While only one of the children had a formal diagnosis of dyscalculia, 112 other children were identified by researchers as likely having the condition.
Dr Kinga Morsanyi from the School of Psychology at Queen’s said there were a number of symptoms of dyscalculia.
“For example, children who really struggle with basic arithmetic – addition, subtraction – or young children who continue to use their fingers for counting,” she said.
“We found in a related study that these children often have difficulties in other contexts such as remembering how to get to a place, remembering the route and where you turn right or left.”