Specific Difficulties in Learning Maths can be independent of, or in conjunction with Dyscalculia. Research suggests that around 60% of people with a specific learning disorder will also be affected by one or more additional disorder, which can make identification of the root causes of Maths difficulties difficult to pin point. The following symptoms may have some overlap with Dyscalculia but attempt to highlight the possible mathematical difficulties due to the uniqueness of this condition.

Students with dyslexia will often have an average or above average level of general intelligence but struggle with reading and/or writing. They often have slow processing speed and poor working memory.

Symptoms include:

  • Reversal of digits and confusion between symbols (such as “+” and “x”)
  • Difficulty with sequencing
  • Difficulty with remembering facts, formulae and abbreviations
  • Forgets previously mastered procedures
  • Reading and understanding word problems
  • Loses track of where they are and what they are doing, while completing a question
  • Difficulty telling the time on an analogue clock
  • Overloaded by worksheets full of Maths questions