What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia, or mathematical learning disability, is a specific learning disability, which affects around 6% of the population. Individuals with dyscalculia are not less intelligent than other individuals, but struggle to learn mathematics despite having an adequate learning environment at home and at school. Dyscalculia  is a condition that affects the ability to acquire arithmetical skills. Dyscalculic learners may have difficulty understanding simple number concepts, lack an intuitive grasp of numbers, and have problems learning number facts and procedures. Even if they produce a correct answer or use a correct method, they may do so mechanically and without confidence.

Children with dyscalculia fall behind early in primary school, and may develop anxiety or a strong dislike of mathematics. In their senior phase of schooling they are likely to struggle to pass mathematics and sciences courses and find their career options very limited.

In adult life, they may earn less, and have difficulties managing their everyday finances. This can definitely impact on them as functioning individuals.

Low numeracy and low literacy skills can cause daily difficulties and aggravation for the affected individual. This can become a handicap or disability, for life. It is a disadvantage to a person carrying out a normal livelihood through employability, and this in turn will reduce lifetime earnings. This will ultimately lead to an unhappy, frustrated individual and this can then lead to depression.

Dyscalculia Testing

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Contact Stark Griffin Dyslexia Academy to find a registered SGDA professional in your area and have your child tested for dyscalculia. These registered SGDA professionals have completed an internship with SGDA and are qualified to diagnose dyscalculia so you can be assured of the correct diagnosis. SGDA has the only dyscalculia test endorsed by the HPCSA and our main focus is the direct diagnosis of learning disorders like dyscalculia.

Dyscalculia Courses

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SGDA offers online training courses for professionals, teachers and parents. Incorporating the neuroscience of dyscalculia these various courses enable HPCSA registered professionals to significantly impact the lives of children with dyscalculia. Testing and therapy courses available for teachers. Dyscalculia therapy courses available for parents to support their children at home.

Dyscalculia Therapy

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SGDA offers a Dyscalculia Therapy Course for professionals and parents. Offering specific therapy to help dyscalculic individuals and parents can provide therapy for their dyscalculic child at home. 

Dyscalculia Testing

dyscalculia

Contact Stark Griffin Dyslexia Academy to find a registered SGDA professional in your area and have your child tested for dyscalculia. These registered SGDA professionals have completed an internship with SGDA and are qualified to diagnose dyscalculia so you can be assured of the correct diagnosis. SGDA has the only dyscalculia test endorsed by the HPCSA and our main focus is the direct diagnosis of learning disorders like dyscalculia.

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Dyscalculia Courses

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SGDA offers online training courses for professionals, teachers and parents. Incorporating the neuroscience of dyscalculia these various courses enable HPCSA registered professionals to significantly impact the lives of children with dyscalculia. Testing and therapy courses available for teachers. Dyscalculia therapy courses available for parents to support their children at home.

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Dyscalculia Therapy

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SGDA offers a Dyscalculia Therapy Course for professionals and parents. Offering specific therapy to help dyscalculic individuals and parents can provide therapy for their dyscalculic child at home. 

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A note to our students...

We at SGDA can see how difficult it is for you to fit into an educational system where everything you do and the marks you achieve are dependent on your ability to read and write. We hear your stories and know that you are the truly brave ones, fighting for your spot and an equal opportunity to prove what you are truly capable of.

Never ever give up.

Follow your dreams and do not allow people to judge you and decide what you can or cannot do.

Yes, it is hard work. Yes, you will get frustrated. Yes, sometimes all these obstacles might make you feel like it is not worth it. Never ever give up! Keep at it. Use all the available resources you are able to find and do not hesitate to ask for help.

We admire you because you are brave and amazing and we cannot wait to see what you can achieve in the future.

A note to our parents...

SGDA aims to inspire children who are diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia or Dysgraphia to be the best they can be and make their dreams come true, despite the challenges they face as a result of their learning disabilities.

Learning disabled children face many challenges that could drag them down into the pits of despair, but instead they can choose not to let a specific learning disability such as dyslexia determine their fate in life.

A professional diagnosis might allow for the opportunity to have an open discussion on the real challenges your dyslexic child is facing. He/she might for the first time ever open up to you and share their hurts and embarrassing moments. Listen, really listen, to the child sitting in front of you, for you might learn quite a bit from this young person that faces many challenges different or similar to the ones you had growing up.

Your child might empower you and your community to have a positive impact on the life of future and other dyslexic children, making a difference for them in ways that truly matters. A child that experiences success, however small, will be inclined to keep on trying and work even harder than they already do. As an adult you can make a big difference. Your input, support and motivation does matter.

Take each other’s hands on this path, there is a bright future out there for our children, even the ones that struggle with reading and writing.

Get in touch with us today!

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    Books For Sale!

    This is Me!

    An inspirational read for the Dyslexic. From cover to cover inspirational success stories of 23 amazing South African Dyslexics who struggle with reading and writing. Read about their journey of discovery, learning and understanding. Finally, recognizing that the sky is the limit for dyslexics.

    Help, my child has been diagnosed with Dyslexia!

    A comprehensive guide book explaining dyslexia and the way forward for parents, once they find out their child has been diagnosed with Dyslexia.

    Help, my child has been diagnosed with Dysgraphia!

    When a child has been diagnosed with Dysgraphia, the road ahead might seem concerning and confusing for parents.  They have so many questions that need answering. By learning what to watch for, parents can be proactive about getting help for their child. This book explains strategies and therapies that can help a child improve his writing.

    Help, my child has been diagnosed with Dyscalculia!

    When a child has been diagnosed with Dyscalculia, the road ahead might seem concerning and confusing for parents.  They have so many questions that need answering. This book explains everything about dyscalculia, offers ideas and tips on how parents can do to help their children. This book answers important questions like “does my child still have a future?”