How can dyscalculia affect a person’s lifestyle?

Obviously, dyscalculia causes serious struggles within the math classroom but it can also affect someone’s daily life. Most of us don’t realize how much our brain uses math in everyday life. So I compiled a list of ways that having a math LD could affect someone outside of the classroom.

1. Counting Money or Estimating Finances

People with dyscalculia often struggle with counting money. Think about it, if you have five nickles you have to count those by five and understand their value to figure out how much money you have. Some people with dyscalculia struggle to count money that way.

Another difficulty people with dyscalculia have is estimating their finances. People with dyscalculia may overspend at the grocery store because they may not be able to accurately estimate the price of items in their cart.

2. Understanding left from right

Left from right is something everyone is taught as children. People with dyscalculia may struggle to remember left from right even in adulthood. They may also struggle to understand the “mirror effect” of left and right.

3. Ability to read maps

People with dyscalculia may struggle to read maps. They may have difficulty finding where they are on a map and may have difficulty with North, South, East and West.

4. Recognizing the same object from a different angle

People with dyscalculia may struggle with recognizing an object from different angles. For example, if someone with dyscalulia went to a building and walked in the front door, they may have a hard time finding the same building from the back.

5. Understanding time

People with dyscalculia sometimes struggle with time. They may struggle to read an analog clock and prefer digital. They may also struggle to estimate time and how it passes. They may be chronically late.

6. Cooking and baking that requires measurement

Someone with dyscalculia may struggle with the measuring of ingredients in certain recipes.

7. Navigating in unfamiliar surroundings

People with dyscalculia may get lost or disoriented easy when in unfamiliar environments.

8. Struggle playing games involving numbers or strategy

People with dyscalculia may not enjoy games with numbers or strategy such as Uno, Yahtzee, Risk and a number of other games. They may struggle with video games involving strategy  as well.

*Note* It’s important to remember that people may have dyscalculia and not struggle with all of these. Just like any other learning disability, dyscalculia may show through in different ways.



Author: Jo Resner

I'm a recent graduate from Grand Valley State University with a B.A in English and a minor in history. When I was a child I received a little red typewriter as a birthday present and it became one of my most treasured objects. On it, I typed out my own newspaper to hand out to family and friends, complete with weather reports, news stories I made up, and movie reviews. My mother told everyone I was going to grow up to be a writer. Except I couldn't grow up to be a writer because I already was one. From the moment I learned how to formulate sentences, I told stories. From that fake newspaper typed on my little red typewriter, to writing poetry in junior high and high school, to writing for my college newspaper I have always been a writer - even when I was being other things too.

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