Learning disabilities affect 14% of all students. Most people have heard of dyslexia, which affects a student’s ability to read and write, but learning disabilities come in many different forms. Dyscalculia is a brain-based learning disability pertaining to mathematics where someone has an inability to process and understand numbers.
Dyscalculia can be seen at all levels of mathematics and affects all ages. However, it is typically recognized in pre-school or elementary school aged-children when the child is first exposed to math concepts. Dyscalculia, just like dyslexia, affects a person’s ability to perform academically. Individuals who struggle with dyscalculia will often experience high stress and anxiety regarding math, which can negatively impact their overall mental health.
Listed below are 10 of the most reported symptoms of dyscalculia. A child or adult with dyscalculia typically has difficulty:
1. Learning numbers and recalling basic facts about numbers.
2. Counting, using fingers to count.
3. Spotting and understanding patterns.
4. Doing word problems.
5. Understanding greater than/less than.
6. Using steps involved in solving a math equation.
7. Writing numbers.
8. Understanding the order of numbers; for example, doesn’t understand that 1+8= 9 and 8+1=9.
9. Keeping score when playing games.
10. Calculating the total cost of something, such as the total cost of 3 different items at the grocery store.
Neurofeedback is a form of non-invasive treatment that uses individualized protocols to retrain the brain to work at a more optimal and efficient level. Every client that pursues neurofeedback treatment has a brain map done. During the brain map, EEG technology is used to get a reading of the brain in both active and inactive states. At one point during the brain map, the client will be asked to do a portion of math problems at their own level. This allows us to see how the brain processes and analyzes numbers. A neurofeedback professional develops a protocol based on the results of the brain map, using data from both active and inactive states, to identify what parts of the brain are underworking, overworking, or aren’t working well together. Through neurofeedback, the brain learns how to function calmly, correctly, and efficiently.
Children who are experiencing dyscalculia often see improvements in grades after completing neurofeedback sessions, as understanding math concepts becomes more accessible. The stress and anxiety of performing in a math class is reduced as well. In addition to the improvements in math, patients will experience many other positive effects of neurofeedback, including improved mood, focus, attention, memory, and more.
Schedule a free consultation to learn about how neurofeedback can benefit you or your child.
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