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what is dysnumeric

mac309 | 19:53 Wed 28th Jan 2009 | Science
what are the symptoms of a dysnumeric?

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Are you referring to dyscalculia (the more common term for 'number dyslexia')?

If so, then the symptoms as noted by the British Dyslexia Association are:-

Counting: Dyscalculic children can usually learn the sequence of counting words, but may have difficulty navigating back and forth, especially in twos and threes.

Calculations: Dyscalculic children find learning and recalling number facts difficult. They often lack confidence even when they produce the correct answer. They also 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.

Numbers with zeros: Dyscalculic children may find it difficult to grasp that the words ten, hundred and thousand have the same relationship to each other as the numerals 10, 100 and 1000.

Measures: Dyscalculic children often have difficulty with operations such as handling money or telling the time. They may also have problems with concepts such as speed (miles per hour) or temperature.

Direction/ orientation: Dyscalculic children may have difficulty understanding spatial orientation (including left and right) causing difficulties in following directions or with map reading.

Hope that helps?
Are you referring to dyscalculia (the more common term used for 'number dyslexia')?

If so, then the symptoms according to the British Dyslexia Association are:-

Counting: Dyscalculic children can usually learn the sequence of counting words, but may have difficulty navigating back and forth, especially in twos and threes.

Calculations: Dyscalculic children find learning and recalling number facts difficult. They often lack confidence even when they produce the correct answer. They also 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.

Numbers with zeros: Dyscalculic children may find it difficult to grasp that the words ten, hundred and thousand have the same relationship to each other as the numerals 10, 100 and 1000.

Measures: Dyscalculic children often have difficulty with operations such as handling money or telling the time. They may also have problems with concepts such as speed (miles per hour) or temperature.

Direction/ orientation: Dyscalculic children may have difficulty understanding spatial orientation (including left and right) causing difficulties in following directions or with map reading.

Hope that helps?
Sorry, didn't mean to post that twice! Computer problems! x
"Dysnumeria" is not the same as "Dyscalculia"

"Dysnumeria" is an innate perceptual difficulty in recognizing & processing NUMBERS. For example, difficulty in reading/registering longish series of digits, such as unformatted phone numbers.

"Dyscalculia" is an innate difficulty in performing arithmetic and other abstract numeric CALCULATIONS.

Both are classified as learning disabilities, can persist throughout a person's lifetime, and sometimes are found in conjunction with ADHD at statistically significant levels.

Coping strategies for Dysnumeria include 'chunking' a series of digits into smaller, more palatable perceptual nuggets.

For example, a long string of digits -- say, 011496843726103 -- can become more manageable when formatted as a phone number... "011" for the direct dial command, "49" for the country code, then creating pairs or triplets for the remaining digits, often separated by spaces, dashes, parentheses or dots.

In the above example, a dysnumeric person might prefer to visually reformat the number as "011 49 (684) 372-6103" while verbally reciting the latter portion as "Sixty-eight, forty-three, seven twenty-six, one oh-three."

Coping strategies for Dyscalculia can include rote practice, mnemonics, and, of course, the off-loading of such tasks to electronic calculators and computers.

As 'learning disabilities,' the research and treatment of Dysnumeria and Dyscalculia has typically focused on children. However, the same perceptual challenges often persist into adulthood but become 'invisible' due to acquired (but imperfect) coping strategies. As with ADHD, an associated legacy of shame and anxiety may be carried to the grave.

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