Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability characterised by difficulty in acquiring arithmetical skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. It includes all types of mathematical problems ranging from an inability to understand the meaning of numbers, to an inability to apply mathematical principles to solve problems. In general, people with dyscalculia have poor ‘number sense’. In a similar way that a lack of phonemic awareness causes people with dyslexia to struggle with reading, a lack of number sense causes people with dyscalculia to struggle with maths concepts. It is independent of intellectual ability. Research shows that most dyscalculia learners have cognitive and language abilities in the normal range, and may excel in non-mathematical subjects.
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