What is Dyscalculia? – Video

Dyslexic Advantage, an organization that focuses on the strengths of people with dyslexia, has created a pair of short videos that summarize two lesser-known learning differences: dysgraphia and dyscalculia.

While many people are familiar with dyslexia, most haven’t heard of dysgraphia or dyscalculia. Dyscalculia is a learning difference that affects math, making it difficult to make sense of numbers and math concepts. Students with dyscalculia struggle in the early grades, undermining their confidence and making math a struggle as they advance through the grades. These videos are short and simple enough to show to a newly diagnosed student, and they are also a good starting point for teachers and adults looking to learn about these topics.

Let’s look at the video: What is Dyscalculia? (To see the video on dysgraphia, check out the other part of this post here.)

Dyscalculia is often underreported as many teachers are only on the lookout for language-based learning differences. However, if a student has been diagnosed with dyslexia, they are more likely to have dyscalculia as well. What are your thoughts on how dyscalculia is addressed in schools?  Let us know in the comments!

  • Elizabeth Ross, M.A., SMARTS Media Manager