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Dyscalculia Special Needs Factsheet

What Teachers Should Know

People with dyscalculia have difficulty understanding numbers and learning math skills. Dyscalculia encompasses a wide range of learning disabilities related to math.

Students with dyscalculia may:

What Teachers Can Do

If you suspect a student has dyscalculia, recommend seeking an educational evaluation to a parent or guardian, an administrator, or a school counselor.

Teachers can help students struggling with dyscalculia to become aware of their strengths and weaknesses. Helping students understand their learning styles and using alternative approaches can enable them to achieve confidence and success in math.

Additional math support in school and tutors outside the classroom can help students with dyscalculia focus on specific learning difficulties. Reinforcing math facts and practicing new skills can help make understanding math concepts easier.

Other strategies for inside and outside the classroom include:

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: December 2013

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