Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability that affects a child's ability to comprehend maths or arithmetic.
Maths guru Rene Fahrenfort explains that children with dyscalculia have difficulty understanding number-related concepts or using symbols or functions.
They are unable to count, and if you are unable to count mathematics becomes very hard.— Rene Fahrenfort, maths expert and educator
Fahrenfort explains that dyscalculia can affect many other aspects of life, including telling time, counting change, reading coordinates, scales or timetables.
It contributes to an overall lack of self-confidence and self-esteem.— Rene Fahrenfort, maths expert and educator
Fahrenfort advises that parents should look out for signs of dyscalculia in their children, as early as possible.
At the same time, she encouraged parents to distinguish between dyscalculia and delayed development and also warned against over-diagnosis.
She advised that parents with concerns that their child may have dyscalculia should seek out a professional assessment with an reputable institute or educational psychologist.
Fahrenfort described the effects of dyscalculia on children and development.
Take a listen to her expert advice and parents share their experiences:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Is your child grappling with numbers? Breaking down dyscalculia, a math disorder