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Posted on May 11 2012 04:42 AM

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Hey good people! I'm Lily, just registered today. I just discovered that I have dyscalculia yesterday, though I had suspected I have a maths disability for a long time. I was so relieved to find out that I wasn't just stupid when it came to numbers! xD
I'm from Ireland but I live in Asia, I'm in my last year of school, and I love music, poetry, literature and art. I think this forum will really help me understand more about dyscalculia and how to overcome it the best way I can Smile Looking forward to getting started! =D
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Posted on May 11 2012 02:30 PM
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Hey Lily, I'm Kat, welcome to the forum! You sound like you will fit right in here with your love of the fine arts and literature, lots of us here are book worms and artists. Smile What brought you from Ireland to Asia, if you don't mind me asking? Anyway, welcome again, if you have any questions feel free to ask!
"The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings." - Eric Hoffer
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Posted on May 13 2012 06:50 AM

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Hi Musicgypsy and welcome to the forum! Smile

I only found out about Dyscalculia a few months ago, so I understand where you're at. It does feel great to finally put a name to what we've instinctively known about ourselves all our lives, doesn't it? Smile

I love literature too. I have eclectic taste in music. I can't sing a note, read a note, or play a note, but I sure do love listening to it. Grin

As for overcoming Dyscalculia, I'm not certain about that--reinventing ways to work/study in spite of Dyscalculia is more the phrase I would use. Dyscalculics are definitely resourceful though! Smile

Anyway, a very warm welcome to the forum. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Smile

Algebra? When I learn decimals and fractions, you're welcome to try teaching me, but unless you have the patience of a saint and are very long-lived, good luck with that... Grin
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Posted on May 16 2012 01:09 PM

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Hi Lily!

I was diagnosed with math LD in college after continually failing remedial college math. I was also tired of having such issues with analog clocks and so I read up on the possibility and self-referred to Disabled Student Services. I was born a couple of months premature and was in Special Ed as a kid for speech and language and in a "special" gym class spontaneously arranged during my 7th or 8th grade years, for kids who didn't "fit"/perform average or well in that class. It was held in a large utility room where they stored the weight equipment and mats etc. The teacher would come in and give us - about 6 -8 of us - our assignment and then go back out to the main floor where everybody else was. It was a mixed group of "outsiders" and "just-not-popular" kids - a very obese girl, someone who was electively mute etc . A couple of the kids who were in there were one of my many bullies on the "outside" and they themselves were also bullied. My mom found out about arrangement that and was she pissed.

So, I've always had trouble with sequence, spatial orientation, some motor skills <putting gloves on and learning to suck through a straw as a young child for example>, handwriting issues in elementary grades....didn't learn to tell time or count money til high school. Still have difficulty with those things and have never worn a watch. I was also allegedly born with missing inner ear bones.
Always in highest reading and writing groups, took AP English and Bio in high school and went to an arts specialty high school.

I still count on my fingers - and don't hide it. I take extra time in line and often get change wrong.
I tend to think in pictures and have difficulty with spoken or written multi-step directions...units of measurement mean nothing to me <feet, inches>. I don't know how to use a ruler.

But LD was never caught.
I graduated from my university with a double major in Spanish and Sociology and for a time was case manager working with people with cognitive disabilities and on the severe end of the autism spectrum.

For me, I don't overcome dyscalculia but I figure out to work around itSmile

So many of us on here enjoy things like arts and music, you're not alone here!
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