– Ask a Teacher with Nancy Downing –
Q. What is Dyscalcuia?
A: Dyscalcuia is a learning difference in the world of math calculations. There is no clear and
measurable criteria to diagnose a person with this learning difference. One symptom is seeing,
saying, or writing numbers in the wrong sequential order. An example would be 316 is 163 or
even E16. Often letters are seen. Another symptom might be the placement or rotation of
symbols. Examples would be “+” looks like “x” OR “5-3” is seen as “-53”. Can you imagine taking
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Read more Ask a Teacher Q&A’s with Nancy Downing. Nancy has been named a USA Today Teacher of the Year. She is a special education teacher and the former Center Director of Learning Rx in Little Rock.