Dyscalculia (maths disability)


Dyscalculia is characterised by difficulties in learning and comprehending arithmetical skills. It includes the following:

  • visual spatial difficulties (difficulties processing what we see)
  • difficulties with visual and associative memory and language processing
  • difficulties with learning to count, recognising numbers
  • difficulties with sequential ordering
  • diffiucties with learning time, measurement and calculations involving money
  • difficulties with learning basic maths concepts (+,-, x, ÷)


It is possible that children can suffer from dyscalculia (struggle with mastery of arithmetical operations and calculation ability) but have average to above average abilties in mathematical reasoning (oral comprehension and abstract reasoning involving problem solving requiring number manipulation).


Treatment of dyscalculia needs to be individualised – taking into account the specific “faulty processing” of each individual. One on one intervention, alongside a ‘drill and practise” approach to learning basic arithemtical skills is recommended.