Dyscalculia/Maths related difficulties
Dyscalculia is a condition that affects the person’s ability to understand and acquire and have confidence with mathematical skills. Individuals may also present with difficulties organising and planning.
Symptoms are described by observations of how people behave:
Individuals with Dyscalculia may present with difficulties managing money, telling the time and taking measurements. These difficulties may impact on an individual’s organisation and planning abilities.
- Difficulty with Pin codes and passwords
- Difficulty estimating time taken to complete tasks
- Difficulty doing ‘mental’ calculations e.g. working out change in a shop
- Difficulty estimating size e.g. how much material to use, quantities required
- Difficulties working out bills, paying for items at a till, checking change is correct
- Ask the person what works for them and what makes things harder for them
- Arrange regular short meetings to check on priorities and progress- this reduces anxiety levels for the employee that they can see they are on task and helps to gain confidence.
- Discuss what adjustments does the person think they may need or has helped them before.
- Allow use of calculator
- Create a template or show how to use software to record expenses.
- Provide information in a visual format where possible
- Discuss if they need help with time management and time allocation
- Discuss setting up direct debits for their wages in order to limit the need for calculating and online banking.
- Consider what adjustments you need so you can discuss this with your employer
- Translate pin codes into letters and then words so this can help to remember them e.g. 1=A; 2=B
- Use a password protected system to store your pin codes and passwords so you are not trying to remember them all
- Use a calculator on your phone or computer
- Set up direct debits to limit the need for calculating and paying for bills
- Ask for expense sheet templates with pre-set formulas if you need to complete these or an example of what is expected
- If taking down telephone numbers on the phone break them into chunks and then check it back with the person for accuracy