SpLD Dyscalculia Key Characteristics

Children with dyscalculia may have:

• normal or above average verbal skills and good visual memory for the printed word

• difficulty understanding maths concepts, rules and sequences, especially involving time and money

• a tendency to make substitutions, transpositions, omissions and reversals when reading and writing numbers

• a poor sense of direction (such as confusing left and right, getting easily lost, losing things) and time (such as often arriving late)

• difficulty recalling names and faces

• poor mental maths skills

• poor coordination when involved in activities requiring change of direction, such as aerobics, exercise and dance sessions

• difficulty with keeping score in games or working out strategies in chess.