Bringing information about dyscalculia from the research community to parents, teachers, policy makers, and people affected by dyscalculia.
Dyscalculia, or mathematical learning disabilities, is a specific learning disability which affects around 6% of the population. Individuals with dyscalculia are not unintelligent, but struggle to learn mathematics, despite having an adequate learning environment at home and at school. Dyscalculia is assumed to be due to a difference in brain function.
Dyscalculia affects individuals over their life span. Children with dyscalculia fall behind early in primary school, and may develop anxiety or a strong dislike of maths. In secondary school they are likely to struggle to pass maths and science courses and find their career options reduced. In adult life, they may earn less, and have difficulties managing their everyday finances.
Many people think "because it's in the brain it can't be changed". This is not true! The brain is very adaptable (or "plastic"), especially during childhood. Research has already shown that training programs can increase functioning in brain areas involved in reading. The same is likely to be possible for dyscalculia.
There is still a lot we do not know about dyscalculia, because research is a good 30 years behind the research on dyslexia. This situation has started to improve, especially recently. This website is written by a dyscalculia researcher (Dr. Anna Wilson) and aims to present the current state of research-based knowledge about dyscalculia.