Some people with dyslexia have problems with numeracy also. For some their difficulties are due to the literacy of maths, difficulty recalling tables or maths facts due to memory difficulties, or sometimes confusion of maths symbols. Essentially their difficulties with maths are as a consequence of their dyslexia.
However, some individuals have dyscalculia, a specific learning disability with maths, which affects their number sense and ability to grasp mathematical concepts. Concrete learning is very important but software can help some individuals also.
Learning tables can be particularly challenging for people with dyslexia as it involves memory and sequencing, areas which are often weak. Learning how to use a calculator and also simple spreadsheets can also aid the performance of calculations. Calculation applications on mobile phones can also be very useful.
Maths apps and software provides an opportunity to practise arithmetic and reinforce maths concepts. Examples of these programmes include:
- BBC Maths Workshop Series (for adults)
- Maths Circus Series
- Mathpad app
- MathBoard app
NB Please note that all the software and programmes listed above are for information purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation.