How do I recognise a child who has dyscalculia? What are the symptoms and how does this differ from dyslexia with numbers?
As a basic indicator, the child will be performing below expectations (primarily yours, the teacher s) with no obvious reason such as emotional state or an illness such as, say, glandular fever. This underachievement may manifest itself in specifics such as problems with knowing the value or worth of numbers, in realising than 9 is one less than 10, for example, or in being able to rapidly recall (as the NNS requires) basic number facts – or perhaps in a totally mechanical application of algorithms (procedures) with no understanding of why or what the result means or how to evaluate the answer. Some children with good memories and good general abilities may not present as underachievers within a class, but may be dramatically underachieving in terms of their true potential. Some children just get stuck in the counting-on phase of development. So recognition goes back to Butterworth s test, which should back your subjective conclusions with standardised information. This should also ide
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