I came across a thread on a forum asking about things people can't do that most people can (e.g. raise one eyebrow, read an analog clock, etc). Someone linked to a Wiki article on dyscalculia and after reading it everything made sense.
I've always had issues with math. It was hard for me, and when I got to the point where I could understand it I would still have issues doing it on myself. I didn't memorize the times table until around 16, I count on my fingers or use a calculator, and I haven't completed Algebra 2, Geometry, or Calculus.
I was (am) homeschooled and I've been trying to complete my last few classes, Algebra 2 and Geometry but have been massively frustrated. It just doesn't stick. I don't really need the math as part of the field I am going into (not going into college), the only reason why I would learn it is to "exercise your mind" as they say when kids ask why they need to learn something they will never use.
I haven't had any other issues like this, I love reading, science, etc. I've done very well as a freelancer, I don't feel dumb or anything (other than being frustrated with math).
I have issues with math, time goes by really fast for me (but I'm not late). I have to remember which direction is left and right. I would rather give someone change than have to count it out.
The only reason why I want to get tested is to find out if I really have this. If I did I think I could get my parents to let me drop my last 2 remaining maths. They aren't sticking and there are other things I could do.
I am worried that maybe I might not have this. I'm 19...why haven't I realized this before? I was homeschooled, and partially un-schooled, so I think that is how it never occurred to me until now.
Location: Munising, MI, USA Posts: 835 Joined: 2010-10-09
You should look into being tested. Many of us were not diagnosed until we were in college. I was just a month shy of turning 23 when I got the results of my testing. I attended public school and did very well in anything not related to math. Teachers thought I wasn't trying hard enough, or that I was lazy. One teacher called me stupid to my face in front of the entire class.
The thing you must understand in order to understand why you were unnoticed until now is that, while as common as dyslexia, dyscalculia isn't as well understood, nor as well known. As a result, many of us that have dyscalculia go undiagnosed for years, and are denied the intervention that can help us because of this ignorance.
I'm NOT lost, I'm just taking the scenic rout!
Location: Texas USA Posts: 6230 Joined: 2008-05-25
Hi j-88. Welcome. I can remember numbers for a while, but sometimes, I'll suddenly forget a number (or password) that I'd been using. I'd had the same email address in college for almost 6 months, but one day, I typed it in wrong repeatedly, yet couldn't see anything wrong with it.
We had another forum member a couple of years ago,... AnimalHugger,... who was just brilliant, 16 years old, and had been homeschooled. Just as in your case, the fact that she'd been homeschooled made it more difficult for her to establish the fact that she hadn't just been 'mistaught math', nor had she been derelict in her efforts to learn it. Her father finally had to go to the school and show the 'authorities' her math notebooks to get them to take seriously her math learning disability.
Hope you'll be able to get tested soon. If you live near the DFW metroplex and need suggestions, please send me a PM. - jus'
Don't forget that there are levels of disabilities... mild, moderate, severe... I went down that checklist of symptoms and was admitting to all but the one that talks about physical dexterity: I began dance training at 3 years old and that probably saved me in that respect. I was tutoring older students in math in middle school, but couldn't calculate their scores when testing them: concepts, no problem; calculations, never sure if I did it right.
Now I am home schooling my children and to do so my husband and I created spreadsheets in Apple's Numbers program that calculate the scores for me and deliver a grade as well. And at this point, my husband teaches our 16 year old all the math portions. I totally understand what is going on, but couldn't check to see if my son was doing it right since Algebra I. He's doing great in Geometry when using our online curriculum.
Now I am returning to college to finish my degree. Was looking for scholarships when I stumbled upon this forum. So glad. I am hoping for an official diagnosis some day, but have learned that playing solitaire on my ipod every morning helps me start up that side of my brain and also gives me an indication of how well I am seeing my numbers that day... today is not so good, so I am paying extra close attention and asking loved-ones to recheck my work.
Thank God for cell phone address books... husband bought the 1st gen ipod just so I could keep my calendar, address book, and phone numbers on me as soon as it came out. Still have nightmares of not being able to dial a phone, though.
Location: Texas USA Posts: 6230 Joined: 2008-05-25
Home schooling the children is a lot of work. Good for you on figuring out how to use Apple's Numbers program to calculate the scores and deliver the grade.
I was in a class (that I had to drop, long story) for teaching future Spanish teachers how to figure mean, median, mode, bell curve, and more. I think that I would have been able to learn all this 'eventually', but not in the four last days of the course. I really didn't drop it because of the math. I'd gotten sick and was already behind. Just couldn't catch up.