Many kids struggle with math and math anxiety, but for those with dyscalculia, a math-related learning disability, math classes, and tests can affect their academic success and lower self-esteem.

Kids with dyscalculia have a deficit in the brain’s ability to process number-related information. They may have a hard time, solving math operations, memorizing tables, and understanding math concepts.

If you don’t know whether your child has dyscalculia or not, here are some of the symptoms of dyscalculia in:

1. Pre-school aged kids

• Face difficulty in learning how to count.

• Difficulty to associate a number with a real-life situation.

• Have a hard time recognizing symbols associated with numbers.

• Incorrect symbols: for instance, confusing 6 with 9 or 3 with 8.

• Write the numbers upside down.

2. Primary school-aged kids

• Have a hard time learning or remembering basic maths structure.

• Start problems in the wrong order.

• Have trouble carrying when to add and when to subtract.

• Don’t understand spoken or dictated problems.

3. High school kids

• Have a hard time applying math ideas in their day-to-day life problems measuring variables.

• Unsure of how to solve basic maths equations.

• Have a hard time understanding graphs, numerical representations, or maps.

It is critical to understand that not all children that have trouble doing mathematical equations have dyscalculia, and it is essential to identify the frequency of symptoms. Moreover, dyscalculia is not always related to maths. Children may also have issues with everyday activities or games.

Professionals both in and out of school can work with your child and build math skills. However, Educational therapy is considered a great way to treat this disorder. A therapy for math disorder can help your kid perform well in academics and boost their self-esteem.  

What is Educational Therapy?

Education therapy is a broad concept, and there is no strict definition of it. Education therapy offers kids and adults with learning disabilities and other learning challenges, a wide range of intensive, individualized interventions designed to remediate learning problems.

Educational therapy isn’t the same as tutoring.

• A tutor usually assists with homework and teaches individuals requiring additional instruction in the specific subject matter.

• An educational therapist has specific training and experience with learning disabilities/ differences, as well as training in the socio-emotional effect that can impede the learning process.

A professional educational therapist will:

1. Address the underlying issues that affect your child’s ability to perform academically and socially.

2. Offer intensive educational intervention, which would be beyond what your kid’s school teachers and tutors can provide.

3. Apply the best approaches and activities to strengthen your child’s core learning skills.

4. Teach strategies to improve work habits.

5. Provide a safe environment for your child to talk about school and learn how to self-advocate.

6. Act as a strong link between home and school.

While deciding to take your child for therapy for a math disorder, you’ll need to take time to look for the right therapist. A common way to find one is through a referral or, you can research online.