Dyscalculia and Difficulty with Numbers

Dyscalculia is a specific learning difficulty in mathematics. Like dyslexia, dyscalculia can be caused by a visual perceptual deficit. Dyscalculia refers specifically to the difficulty performing operations in maths or arithmetic. Along with dyslexia, the extent to which you can be affected varies tremendously in each individual. Like dyslexia there is no single set of signs that characterises all dyslexics, there is no one cause of dyscalculia.

You may also have difficulty with numbers, such as:

  • Understanding the signs: +, -, / and x
  • Adding and/or subtracting numbers
  • The words, plus, add, add-together
  • Reversing numbers, e.g. 15 for 51
  • Transposing numbers, e.g. 364 - 634
  • Times tables
  • Mental arithmetic
  • Telling the time
  • Inability to follow directions
  • Difficulties with mathematics, calculations and learning number facts such as multiplication

If you have dyscalculia or experience difficulties with numbers, please contact us so we can ensure you have the best support in place while you’re studying.

Email: disability@salford.ac.uk
Phone: 0161 295 0023 (option 1, option 2)