Does Dyslexia Affect Maths? Are Dyslexics Good at Maths?
How can a dyslexic child answer a Maths question, if they are unable to read it?
This was the problem my primary school age daughter had. She always struggled in school with her reading and writing, because she is dyslexic. So she was unable to read and then answer maths questions.
Dyslexic children also struggle with memory, so my little girl has also struggled to learn her times-tables. Now she believes she can not do Maths.
Can Dyslexics be good at Maths?
I am dyslexic and once I got to high-school, when I had learned to read and write. Maths and Science became my strong subjects. I was able to think abstractly, in shapes, colours and patterns. This made me good at algebra and able to understand scientific concepts. I achieved high grades in Maths exams. Yet as I struggled with organisation and planning. I still struggled with Maths projects and course work.
60% of children with dyslexia have numeracy difficulties
Dyslexia is an issue with reading, writing and processing. It should not affect Maths ability and lead to numeracy difficulties. Yet it dyslexia can impact on a dyslexic child's Maths for the reasons listed below. To learn more also see "How does dyslexia affect Maths learning?".
Unable to read and writing questions.
Remember timetables and recognise symbols.
Struggle to come-up with and process answers quickly.
Like dyslexia this is a processing issue that affects numbers and Maths. A child could have both dyslexia and dsycalculia. They would need a dyscalculia diagnosis to confirm this. Learn more see "What is dyscalculia?"
Signs of Dyscalculia
Struggles with remembering basic maths formats, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing.
Finds it hard to recognise and understand maths symbols.
Has trouble understanding the size or quantity of numbers.
Finds it tough to follow the steps needed to solve maths problems and sums.
Struggles with time and dates. Like understanding the order of days, months, or telling the time on a clock.
Finds it hard to put numbers in the correct order and see patterns in numbers.
Difficulty in learning and understanding maths, so can be slower at completing work.
Work really hard, with extra support, yet still struggles with maths.