Dyscalculia in Adults

Dyscalculia in Adults

Dyscalculia in adults is just as prevelent as it is in children, with up to 5% of the population estimated to suffer with it.  That being the case it is quite common for adults to live their entire lives suffering with dyscalculia without even knowing it.  Many simply think that they are no good at arithmetic and the like, when in fact they actually suffer from a serious and genuine learning difficulty.

Once this difficulty is considered in further depth it becomes abundantly clear that an adult has laboured through life with it whithout ever really knowing that dyscalculia was a difficulty experienced by others.  The realisation that there is an underlying problem in play can often be uplifting, and sufficient to encourage further research and a desire to put in place a programme to help address the issue.

When one considers that many dyscalculics function perfectly well outside of mathmatics and numbers it is not hard to see how sufferers can progress through life without the outside world noticing their disability.  They can often disguise it very well.

Dyscalculia in Adults: Some Perspective

dyscalculia in adultsA prime example is Professor Paul Moorcroft, author of “It Just Doesn’t Add Up”.  Professor Moorcroft is an award-winning novelist as well as a successful author of numerous books on travel, history, war and crime. He has taught in schools and colleges throughout the UK, as well as at ten major universities around the world. Professor Moorcroft is also a life-long sufferer of acute dyscalculia, and has been recorded as having one of the lowest adult scores in numerical ability in the UK.

His book shares with the reader his experiences through school and university to give an indication of what it is like to grow up with dyscalculia without really knowing it – it was not until he reached his fifties that Profesor Moorcroft was finally tested for Dyscalculia, years after he had become a successful businessman and lecturer.

In his book Professor Moorcroft includes some very useful chapters that make great reading for anyone suffering with dyscalculia, as well as partners, parents, friends and teachers of dyscalculics.

In particlular the book includes chapters explaining exactly what dyscalculia is, what the key symptoms are, how to test for it, and mechanisms on how to cope with it, as well as a whole chapter dedicated specifically to dyscalculia in adults.

It Just Doesn’t Add Up: Explaining Dyscalculia And Overcoming Number Problems For Children and Adults has received some very positive reviews.  Here is a short selection:

“A good introduction to Dyscalculia, this book is jargon free and written from the perspective of an intelligent, high achieving dyscalculic. The book is freely illustrated with quirky cartoons which are guaranteed to raise a smile. If you ever wondered why you have a problem with numbers this book will offer some answers and includes short questionnaires which will enable the reader to gauge the likelihood that they are dyscalculic. Paul Moorcraft offers tips and strategies which can be easily adopted (and adapted) by parents and teachers. ‘It Just Doesn’t Add Up’ offers a broad introduction to problems with numbers; its upbeat tone encourages the reader to seek solutions and the format makes it easy to dip into the aspects of dyscalculia which most interest the reader.”

“Everyone knows and understands dyslexia these days but dyscalculia is real and can be a real stumbling block for even the brightest of pupils as Paul a sufferer himself explains. A practical book , easy to read , written by an author who is renowned for his work in international journalism. Proof that dyscalculics can be really successful in life but a little help and understanding would be very welcome.”

This book explained everything I have endured throughout my life. An excellent read. You would think more maths teachers would be employed to help children and adults in further education.


Dyscalculia in Adults: Conclusion

dyscalculia in adultsAll in all It Just Doesn’t Add Up is a great read, and very helpful for adults who suffer with, or suspect that tthey may suffer with dyscalculia.  Eye-opening and inspiring, this book will help encourage you, or someone you know, to take positive action to address dyscalculia for a better, happier life.

It Just Doesn’t Add Up is available at Amazon.co.uk where it is currently REDUCED to £8.30.

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