Do You Have Dyscalculia And How Do You Get A Diagnosis?

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Recently someone got in touch with us through the blog about how to get a diagnosis of dyscalculia, more specifically for adults. The person who contacted us as with many others has lived their life believing that their difficulties with maths were all their fault, this is largely due to the dyscalculia only being recognised fairly recently and so a lot of people went undiagnosed. Finding out that dyscalculia is a real thing is a great relief for them, it’s also not just a relief but a chance to find a way to challenge dyscalculia because once you know you have it you can manage and more importantly understand it.

If you think you may have dyscalculia we 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.

Unfortunately, the assessments of dyscalculia and dyslexia are expensive as the NHS does not treat it as a medical issue, it’s normally priced around ยฃ450, you can try a quick online test before you go ahead and book it.ย 

I hope this helped and please keep an eye on our blog; we constantly try to stay up to date so if you think we should cover something leave a comment!

43 thoughts on “Do You Have Dyscalculia And How Do You Get A Diagnosis?

  • November 17, 2020 at 9:42 am
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    Well I think it’s terrable that you have to pay I’m 48 and still go blank at basic maths and wanted to find out

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    • November 17, 2020 at 1:00 pm
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      Hi Nicola, It is shocking and very disappointing that many people have to pay for a diagnosis. But depending on where you live and your situation you might be able to get a free diagnosis, it’s very difficult to research but I could try looking for you?

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      • November 17, 2020 at 8:58 pm
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        That would be nice to get a free diagnosis I live in stoke on trent, do you know if it is free. It would be much appreciated.

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        • November 18, 2020 at 11:42 am
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          Hi Nicola, I took a look into this and it looks like you have one possible route. That is to contact The Dyslexia Association of Staffordshire – Their educational psychologists should also be qualified to diagnose dyscalculia – and ask them about the possibilities of having dyscalculia assessment either subsidised or free. http://localoffer.stoke.gov.uk/kb5/stoke/directory/service.page?id=w5pENy8HIw4

          I hope this helps and let me know if I can do anymore ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • December 30, 2021 at 11:35 pm
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            Could you find out if I can do a dyscalculia assessment for free in Boston, Lincs?

        • April 4, 2022 at 9:40 pm
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          I was in remedial maths at school, didn’t matter how it was explained, i couldn’t grasp it also when writing down phone numbers id get it wrong, just the last two numbers. Im glad to hear about dyscalculia as i thought it was laziness but im great with grammer. Im now 59…i hate maths.

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  • December 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm
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    Hello James,
    Do you think that you could look into a route for me too? I am 25 and live in Brighton UK, I desperately would like a diagnosis as this has affected my confidence for so long now and to finally get an official diagnosis would honestly change my life.

    I have looked into this recently but the prices are around ยฃ600!

    Thank you so much in advance,
    Georgia

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    • December 11, 2020 at 10:36 am
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      Hi Georgia,
      Of course, I can take a look ๐Ÿ™‚ Are you a student by any chance?

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      • April 4, 2022 at 9:43 pm
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        I would also like a free diagnoses…im on benefits. Thank you

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        • April 5, 2022 at 3:16 pm
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          Hi Linda,

          I’ve sent you an email ๐Ÿ™‚

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          • June 1, 2022 at 4:19 pm
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            Hi sorry to but in, I’m not sure where to create my own comment is.
            I have dyslexia, I was 26 years of age when I was finally told I wasn’t thick!! But after doing lots of research I also think I may have dycalular, I panic at the thought of maths, I HATE NUMBERS. How do I get tested please, i live in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and also have an extremely rare genetic condition, could I get tested for free? Thanks

          • June 1, 2022 at 5:01 pm
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            Hi Nicola, I’ll email you shortly, and we’ll discuss more what options might be available ๐Ÿ™‚

  • August 20, 2021 at 11:20 am
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    Hi James.
    I wonder if you can help us.
    My eldest daughter was diagnosed with dyscalculia in yr8 after a long battle with her school to do a dyscalculia assessment for her.
    My other daughter has exactly the same maths issues as her sister and I asked the school again to do a dyscalculia assessment. They asked her 4 questions and said that it is unlikely she has dyscalculia like her sister.
    I am a single mum of 3 and on a low income.
    I would like a private assessment for my daughter but this is so expensive.
    Would you know if I would be entitled to get this done any cheaper? I live in Uxbridge, Middlesex.
    Many thanks

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    • August 20, 2021 at 12:31 pm
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      Hi Sharon,

      I will try my best to help! It sounds very odd to only ask 4 questions to come to a conclusion especially as – depending on your daughter’s age – she may already be masking signs of dyscalculia, as someone gets older they can hide it more and so it can get trickier to diagnose. I will have to do some research into whether your local council provides financial support for diagnosis, frustratingly this can be very different from area to area. I will get back to you as soon as I can ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • August 24, 2021 at 8:05 pm
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        Hi Sharon,

        Unfortunately, it’s bad news I searched high and low but I couldn’t find any reduced cost/free diagnosis in your area. The only way is to continue with the school or alternatively if dyscalculia is creating problems to do with your daughter’s wellbeing such as mental health, it may be possible to get a diagnosis on the NHS – but this can be an even more difficult process than the school. The cheapest I’ve seen recently in your area for a diagnosis is ยฃ500, I don’t know whether some places might spread the cost?

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  • August 20, 2021 at 7:19 pm
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    Hello, I live in Springfield, Mo. I’m taking college courses and I just cant seem to pass Math. Ive been told I have Dyscalculia but I want an official diagnosis. Is there someone in my area that can help me?

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  • September 14, 2021 at 1:57 pm
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    I didnโ€™t know about dyscalculia when I failed calculus 2 and physics my second year of college. I seemed to always have issues with swapping signs, reversing number orders, and having to take remedial maths to get to where my peers were math wise.

    I was frustrated, and before I tried to start working towards a bachelors degree again I tried to nail down why I was struggling with math and text anxiety around tests with maths. I found dyscalculia, and it made sense. I already struggled with dyslexia (most of my family does).

    I had to develop some serious coping skills to make it through my bachelors degree in Computer Engineering. I wasnโ€™t sure you could even get an official diagnosis or I would have. Engineering as you know is very maths based, so getting through my program and earning my degree was hard but I did it!

    Dyscalculia made it harder than it should have been but Iโ€™m glad I figured it out so I could at least figure out how to learn better.

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    • September 15, 2021 at 9:18 am
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      What a wonderful story Seth, really congratulations on your achievements!

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    • February 23, 2022 at 10:55 pm
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      Hello, my son is 10, nearly 11. I would like to get him tested for Dyscalulia which his teacher and ourselves agree he has.
      He has been diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyspraxia(joints are fine).
      We live in Norfolk, not far from Norwich, also happy to travel.
      Any help greatly appreciated.
      Thank you.

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      • February 24, 2022 at 9:09 am
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        Hi Viviana,

        Thanks for reaching out to us!
        Your son should be able to get a diagnosis through the school, as all UK schools are supposed to have access to an educational psychologist to do the diagnosis and it should be pretty much free! โ€“ if they don’t have access to one the local council should provide an external psychologist. Otherwise getting a full assessment diagnosis outside of the school system can cost you around ยฃ750. There is this local place if you want to go for a private route (it can be quicker and easier) https://www.4dyslexics.com/assessments.html โ€“ please ignore that it says dyslexia everywhere they do do dyscalculia.

        I hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • September 23, 2021 at 3:10 am
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    Hello, Iโ€™ve seen a couple of comments on the possibility of free/subsidised testing by area and wondered if you could point me in the right direction. Iโ€™m a student at university in Northampton but am originally from East London. Could there be anyone in either area who could maybe help?

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    • September 23, 2021 at 11:13 am
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      Hey! As you are at university you can get a free/subsidised test through their student support services. Is it the University of Northampton you are studying at? If so you can contact student support here – https://www.northampton.ac.uk/student-life/support/student-support-and-advice-team/ – and they should guide you on your next steps. I also found this quote on their site in relation to a Dyslexia diagnosis – there should be no reason why this would not also apply to a dyscalculia diagnosis

      Students can apply to the Financial Assistance Fund (FAF) (access restricted to current students) for up to ยฃ350 to help towards the cost of their diagnostic test prior to applying for Disabled Studentsโ€™ Allowance.

      Hope this helps and let me know If I can help you further ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • September 23, 2021 at 10:46 pm
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        Hello! Yes Iโ€™m at Northampton Uni, I saw that quote but wasnโ€™t sure if dyscalculia would be on the radar. I will email and ask to see what can be offered, thank you!

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  • October 4, 2021 at 7:08 pm
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    Hi, thank you for posting this. Could you possibly give me some help/advice? I’m 17 and have an initial screening test indicating that I have Dyscalculia. I am in the midst of applying to University to read Econ and I would appreciate a full Dyscalculia diagnosis as it would enable me to explain my comparatively low result in Maths (I did well in everything else) and seek the support I will need. I live in West Yorkshire, Calderdale and I go to school in Manchester. I asked the school SEN department for advice however they do not test for Dyscalculia, I did however receive a processing speed issue diagnosis. Any help appreciated! Can I get a free/subsidised test anytime soon?

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    • October 5, 2021 at 9:53 am
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      Hi Louisa,

      Thanks for your questions, I will try to help you the best I can ๐Ÿ™‚

      May I ask does your school have access to an educational psychologist?

      Educational psychologists can diagnose dyscalculia and should be available to the majority of UK schools, if they do not have access to one then it is the role of the Education Authority (EA) in your region to carry out assessments – more information here https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/special-educational-needs-assessments

      The other more stressful alternative is waiting and hoping you get the place you want at University as they all have Student Support departments that handle things like dyscalculia diagnosis and then you will get the full support you need whilst you are on the course.

      Let me know if this helps and if I can assist you further! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  • October 10, 2021 at 9:32 am
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    I am 35 and I definitely know I have dyscalculia. I always did so well in written subjects but my math teacher and science teachers could never understand how I did not do well in their subjects but did really well in Biology! I do work but will this be eligible to apply for PIP since getting a official diagnosis is so expensive?

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    • October 11, 2021 at 9:26 am
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      Hi Rox,
      You need an official diagnosis before applying for PIP and even then as far as I have read online it may be unlikely you will get PIP with only dyscalculia. Let’s look into how to get you a free/discounted diagnosis so that you can get more support – Could you let me know your local council area and if you are part of any studying or courses?

      PIP is a very tricky process and you would need to show that your dyscalculia is so severe it impacts your quality of life, now we know that dyscalculia severely impacts all corners of our lives, but when it comes to PIP you need evidence of this and that can be difficult to do. But in saying this it’s really worth trying, this website has some good information and links to the government guidelines on PIP – https://dyslexiaa2z.com/learning-difficulties/dyslexia/dsa-pip/

      Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • November 12, 2021 at 10:14 pm
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    Hi, I’ve struggled with numbers and maths all my life. Recently it has really started to impact my job. My manager has asked if I can get a diagnosis so they can put things in place to support me. I live in Liverpool. Is there any advice you can give me please? Thanks

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    • November 15, 2021 at 10:31 am
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      Hi Michelle,

      Sorry to hear that it has started to impact your job, it’s great that your manager is open to supporting you though ๐Ÿ™‚
      I couldn’t find any specific support in your area so I can only recommend the usual route people take in the UK for a diagnosis which is to either go to the British Dyslexia Association and use their system to find a suitable educational psychologist in your area – I know it says dyslexia everywhere but mention its for dyscalculia and they will find someone for you. Or go to the British Psychological Society which has quite a comprehensive list of educational psychologists so you should be able to find someone pretty local, make sure they have current HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registration. – this ensures you can get the support you need.

      Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • December 15, 2021 at 11:00 am
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    My daughter is in year 8 (13) and has recently taken an on line test for dyscalculia which confirmed our suspicions. We have shared the result with the school and they are considering her for extra time in maths exams. However there appears to be no support available for improvement to enable her to pass the GCSE. We have tried a tutor in the past and she understands the processes at the time but then forgets how to do the problem the next week. I believe this is common with dyscalculic students. Are you aware of any support available to help her get over this hurdle and prevent her life choices being limited? Apart from maths and maths related science she is doing really well at school. I know myself how difficult it is to succeed without a maths qualification and don’t want her chances to be limited

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    • December 18, 2021 at 1:08 pm
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      Hi Karen,

      They certainly should give her extra time and also a calculator! Unfortunately, depending on where you live the local council provide different support and some areas have no support – let me know your area and I can look into what your school should be providing for your daughter. What you have described is really prevalent in those with dyscalculia – working memory is a challenge to improve with dyscalculia and it can take a long time to see an improvement. There is one program I know has scientific proof – as it is made in collaboration with neuroscientists – of improving working memory and that is Calcularis, they have a free trial too.

      Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • December 17, 2021 at 6:33 pm
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    Hi there, can you tell me if it is possible to get dyscalculia diagnosed for secondary school children in Scotland and if so how we would go about it? The school doesnโ€™t seem to be able to do this.

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    • December 18, 2021 at 12:57 pm
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      Hi Victoria,

      All schools in the UK should have access to an educational psychologist who can diagnose dyscalculia, if the school does not have access to one – which unfortunately is sometimes the case – they still should be able to refer you to one with the local authority. This article should be helpful – https://www.goodschoolsguide.co.uk/special-educational-needs/help-and-advice/educational-psychologist-assessment

      If you let me know your local authority/council I can also do a bit more research to see if I can find anything for you, as sometimes teachers are so overworked this type of information slips past.

      Hope this helps ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • December 30, 2021 at 11:38 pm
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    Hi. Iโ€™d like to get a diagnosis too as I took the test online and it states that Iโ€™m at moderate to high risk of dyscalculia. Having an official diagnosis would definitely change my sense of confidence in the future.
    Im from Boston is there any place that could do it free of charge?

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    • January 3, 2022 at 1:52 pm
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      Hi Ula,

      I can certainly take a look for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Can you let me know if you are studying at the moment?

      Happy New Year!
      James

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  • February 4, 2022 at 3:10 pm
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    Hi there, my sone is Year 5 and really struggles with even the basic maths. He is currently having additional help through a tutor who thinks he may have Discalculia. Can you let me know, is this something that we can go through school for to get him diagnosed or is the only option to pay private? Thank you!

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    • February 7, 2022 at 12:26 pm
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      Hi Sammy!

      Thanks for reaching out to us! To answer your question could you let me know in which country you live in?

      Best,
      James

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  • February 16, 2022 at 6:18 pm
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    hi I’m Zoe

    my daughter is 12 and i think she as dyscalculia, how do i get a diagnosis and do i have to pay for it, i live chesterfield area.
    thank you

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    • February 17, 2022 at 1:49 pm
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      Hi Zoe,

      So your daughter should be able to get a diagnosis through the school for free but be warned this can be a long and frustrating process depending on the school and what measures they have in place. All schools in the UK should have access to an educational psychologist to do a full diagnostic assessment and if they don’t the local council should provide an external one for the school. Let me know how it goes and I’ll try to help you where I can.

      Best,
      James

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      • April 7, 2022 at 5:06 am
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        Hello,
        I’m trying to get a diagnosis of dyscalculia and I can’t seem to get anywhere without paying over and beyond for the help. I’m currently on benefits and out of work, is there anyone in the Bury St Edmunds and surrounding areas who won’t charge a lot for this?

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        • April 8, 2022 at 10:48 am
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          Hi Melanie,

          I did some recent research in that area and I think unfortunately the only real option will be to pay for a diagnosis, but I will take another look hopefully something comes up. I’ll email you once I’ve concluded my search ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • April 6, 2022 at 5:08 pm
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    I highly suspect I have dyscalculia, my GCSE maths is bad and I have spent my life just assuming I’m really dumb that simple maths alludes me. I am currently pushing HR in work to see if I can get diagnosed through them as I do work for the NHS.

    My biggest hang-up is I want to step forwards in my career, and train to be a nurse and the only thing that makes that impossible is maths. I have the experience and other relative qualifications.

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