The Department of Education defines Dyscalculia as:
"A condition that affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence."
(The National Numeracy Strategy: Guidance to Support Pupils with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
A full Dyscalculia assessment takes approximately 2.5 - 3 hours.
It includes an assessment on underlying ability and cognitive processing tests such a speed of processing and working memory. It includes a standardised test of mathematical ability, timed tests of mental maths including multiplication, addition, subtraction and division. a maths learning style questionnaire, and assessment of numerocity.
Approximately 60% of dyslexic individuals have difficulties with numeracy and this is part of their dyslexic profile. Dyscalculia is a specific difficulty with maths which is very severe and often means they have little concept of number. This assessment will identify whether the numerical difficulties are dyscalculia.
The assessment can be conducted at our office in Orpington or Croydon or at the client's home in Beckenham or surrounding area. Assessments conducted at a client's home incur an additional fee, depending on location.