Dyslexia’s Evil Cousins: Symptoms of Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia


Dyslexia isn’t the only learning difference we can reverse. We also offer dyscalculia and dysgraphia help using Books Neural Therapy™. While these learning disabilities aren’t as well known as dyslexia, they can be every bit as upsetting and challenging to deal with. Following are signs and symptoms to look for.

People with dyscalculia have difficulty with numbers and doing math. The word comes from two Greek and Latin words, dys, or “difficult,” and calculare, “to count”. Maybe you remember avoiding math class in junior high or high school? Disliking math is common, but not having the ability to do math is a cry for help.

Symptoms of dyscalculia are different for everyone but may include:

• Difficulty learning more abstract math concepts like direction and time. Has issues remembering the order of events. Cannot keep track of his or her school schedule and may be late frequently. Unable to grasp the concept of a clock.
• Problems understanding how money works. Trouble counting change or understanding the value of cash and coins. Cannot retain the concepts of budgeting or credit. Refuses to participate in financial transactions or planning.
• Trouble remembering faces and names. He or she may call someone by a close but incorrect name. For example, Craig instead of Greg or Larry instead of Gary.
• Difficulty finding his or her way using simple directions. Becomes disoriented easily. May lose items on a daily or weekly basis.
• Trouble remembering math concepts, even after learning them previously. Cannot apply simple operations (addition and subtraction) or formulas. Unable to complete multi-step problems, especially during a quiz or test.

A student with dyscalculia may have problems in other classes that utilize patterns, routines, or numbers, such as art, PE, or music. Often this child excels at reading. He or she will have good comprehension and enjoy classes with heavy emphasis on reading, such as social studies or biology. However, because chemistry and physics require a great deal of math, his or her interest in science may stop at that level.

If your child has dyscalculia, he or she may also have trouble with handwriting, known as dysgraphia.

A person with dysgraphia has difficulty writing, and his or her penmanship is typically hard to read, for many reasons. Perhaps letters in a word are written in uppercase when it’s not necessary, or lowercase letters are extremely small. Words may run together with no spaces between or be in different areas of the page altogether. We sometimes see words written upside down, diagonally, or backward.

Other symptoms of dysgraphia include:

• Trouble with spelling or not knowing which homophone to use. For example, he or she may use “blew” when “blue” is correct or use an incorrect form of the word “to”.
• Being unable to understand maps or charts.
• Gripping his or her writing instrument too tightly or making holes in the paper from pressing down too hard.
• Writing only the root word and omitting prefixes and suffixes.
• Writing very slowly, perhaps telling himself or herself each letter to write.
• Forgetting to use punctuation or failing to capitalize when necessary.

I often hear that teachers and doctors suggest that students learn to write via computer to avoid showing symptoms of dysgraphia. However, learning to write by hand helps the brain to develop, and missing this vital step affects not only handwriting, but also hand-eye coordination.

If you or your child needs dysgraphia or dyscalculia help, please contact me today for a consultation or an appointment.Dr.PhyllisBooks.promo.red.web


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