Dyscalculia is a condition that affects the ability to acquire numeric or 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 when they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence, and they fail to use rules and procedures to build on known facts. For example, they may know that 5+3=8, but not realise that, therefore, 3+5=8 or that 5+4=9.
Dyscalculia is a special need and requires diagnosis and appropriate counselling as well as support away from whole-class teaching. However, compared with dyslexia, very little research has focused on dyscalculia and how to overcome it. Consequently, there is relatively little ready-made support available. However, one of our special areas of interest is the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to help with various learning difficulties, and as well as providing assessment, advice and guidance, we can provide recommendations on the various hardware and software resources available for this condition.