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Dyscalculia is a specific maths learning difficulty. There is a great deal less known about it than dyslexia. I’ve even met class teachers who do not know what it is let alone how to teach students who have this specific learning difficulty. Many who have dyscalculia have no other difficulties and are achieving at expected levels in all other subjects, some may of course have other difficulties such as dyspraxia which often co-occurs.
There are some ‘online screeners’ however as a qualified assessor for dyscalculia I would steer away from these as I have had students who clearly have maths difficulties not been identified by those applications.
So if you are concerned that your child may have dyscalculia the first step would be to complete some questionnaires and I would do a face-to-face screening. There is a charge for this of £75 which would be deducted from a full assessment fee should that be the recommendation following the screening.
A full diagnostic assessment for dyscalculia can only be conducted by a qualified assessor (such as myself) or an educational psychologist who has done the additional training in maths difficulties.
This alone can cover the initial cost of having a diagnostic assessment for dyscalculia.
Class teachers can not be versed in all specific difficulties so a diagnostic report includes recommendations as to how they can best differentiate their teaching and resources to meet your individual requirements.
Dyscalculia is covered by the Equality Act 2010, meaning that education institutions have by law to take this into account and make reasonable adjustments to accommodate your difficulties. This can include access to an Educational Health Care Plan and maybe referred to if a tribunal is necessary.
Can be used as evidence to establish need by schools, at college, university or for professional qualifications.
Dyscalculia is a special educational need as opposed to a health need. So it can only be diagnosed by someone who has undergone further post graduate studies in Dyscalculia holding a current Assessment Practising Certificate.
There are many benefits to having a diagnosis of the specific learning difficulty that you or your child is coping with.
Full diagnostic dyscalculia investigation