Dyscalculia is the term used to describe a severe inability to do math; it is often called "math dyslexia." In New Hampshire school systems, the terms "dyscalculia" and "dyslexia" may not be used but they are covered as "learning disabilities."
As with reading challenges, math challenges do not mean that your child is unable to learn. Reading and math are skills, just like driving and cooking--we all know very intelligent bad cooks! At Windy Row Learning Center in Peterborough, New Hampshire, we give children techniques for sharpening their math (and reading) skills so that they can reach grade level and continue to learn.
If your child is counting with fingers much longer than other children, has trouble estimating or understanding concepts like "more" or "less," cannot follow a sequence of directions, has no memory for numbers or cannot tell time when other children that age can tell time, your child may have dyscalculia. Sometimes math and reading challenges occur together, but not always. Windy Row's reading tutors keep an eye out for difficulties with math. We have specialized math programs that give children tools for dealing with and overcoming their math challenges.
Every day we use math to create a budget, pay bills, estimate the time a trip will take, arrive on time at an appointment, plan our vacation or measure the ingredients for a cake. Math enters our lives when we follow directions ("go left at the second traffic light") or play games ("go 4 spaces") or order a cup of coffee ("do you want a large or small?"). In many ways, an inability to do math is as limiting as an inability to read.
Your child may not have a formal diagnosis of dyscalculia. However, if you feel that there is a difficulty, please contact Windy Row. We are open to answering questions and will refer you to other resources if we cannot help.