How To Get A Dyscalculia Diagnosis

Does your child constantly struggle with numbers? Perhaps she always needs to count with her fingers, or has difficulty telling time. Or cannot tell the difference between large and small quantities.

These could be symptoms of dyscalculia and if you notice them in your child or student it may be worthwhile to follow up with tests for math learning disabilities and perhaps a diagnosis.

How do you go about getting your child tested for and, if necessary, diagnosed with dyscalculia?

Photo by Ben White on UnsplashTests and diagnosis will need to be carried out by a psychologist but your first step can be to talk with your child’s teacher if you are a parent, or with the parents if you are a teacher. Compare notes on how the child deals with numbers at school and in daily life. The child’s school or doctor could be a resource for a referral to a psychologist.

Getting tested by a psychologist is important to discover if the child has dyscalculia or another math learning disability rather than simply needing extra support in math. A psychologist can also give input as to the possibility of other learning differences, such as ADHD or dyslexia.

Research on dyscalculia is still developing and schools need to become aware of the need for greater resources for teachers, parents, and dyscalculic children. Getting a diagnosis is one step towards getting your child or student the support needed.

6 thoughts on “How To Get A Dyscalculia Diagnosis

  • June 8, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    My son has been having a lot of trouble in his math classes recently and as much as I try to help him, it seems like he is almost unable to understand the concepts. Like you mentioned, it is important to test children for dyscalculia to make sure that they don’t have it and if they do have it to be able to treat it. I think that it would be important to not only treat it but to also make sure that all of his teachers know about it so that they can work with him on it.

    • June 19, 2017 at 9:12 am

      It is certainly true that teachers should be made aware of any difficulty your child may be having, also you’d be surprised at how unknown dyscalculia is, especially in comparison to dyslexia. That is the reason we created this blog, to raise awareness of dyscalculia so people have a more common understanding of it and how to help someone who has such difficulties. I hope your son get the help he needs and in the mean time try talking to his teachers.

  • September 22, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Hi, I’ve always had problems with any sort of math’s . Even at school l would do anything to avoid it,lm not sure how l got this far trying to hide this problem as it makes me feel so stupid.l was hoping you could advise me how to get a diagnosis.lm now 47yrs old and have only just found out this maybe not my fault. Thank you

    • September 24, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Hi Traceylee, There are a lot of people in a similar situation to you as dyscalculia has only been recognised fairly recently so people were just not diagnosed at all. I would recommend going to get a full assessment with an Educational Psychologist through the British Dyslexia Association, although they are mainly focused on dyslexia they also test for many other disabilities including dyscalculia.

      The problem you may have is that it is pretty expensive for the assessment as dyscalculia and dyslexia as the NHS do not treat it as a medical issue, its normally priced around £450, you can try a quick online test before you go ahead and book it.

      I hope this helped and please keep an eye on our blog, I’ll do my best to write an informative post about getting a diagnosis as an adult with dyscalculia soon.

      All the best,

  • February 19, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Can testing be requested at public schools by the school psychologist?

    • February 19, 2021 at 6:58 pm

      Hi Jess,

      Most Schools in the UK definitely can help get a child a full assessment with an educational psychologist. If you let me know where your school is I could try and find out for you? 🙂


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