Introduction:

Dyscalculia is a learning disability characterized by difficulty with mathematics.
Disabilities of this type derive from insufficient ability with certain psychological processes such as: difficulties with spatial perception; difficulties with visual perception and recognition of symbols; weak language and communication skills; a short memory; and/or ineffective or inappropriate cognitive learning strategies.
The ability to count, match, compare and understand contexts may be observed in how a child behaves in different games or activities.
For example, a child with difficulties concentrating and focusing is less likely than other children to participate in activities that require focus, accuracy, sorting and matching; and a child who has a motor skill developmental disorder is less likely to participate in spatial activities that show their spatial comprehension and perception of shapes, distances, and quantities.
Therefore children with learning disabilities exhibit a lack of basic skills such as the ability to sort, conserve, match, or create sequences. This creates a sort of vicious cycle, as due to a congenital disability and cognitive difficulties, the child tends to avoid activities that require specific skills, and then this lack of experience with such activities simply increases the difficulties, as the relevant skills are not strengthened or practiced.
Additionally, students with learning disabilities in mathematics are at greater risk to lack verbal strategies, to make errors with regard to spatial-visual perception and memory disorders, and they have difficulty transferring verbal and numerical information into equations and mathematical operations.
These students often use trial and error in solving mathematical problems and have difficulty explaining or demonstrating the solutions.
(Original information was provided by Nitzan)

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