Posted by Malteaser19 on August 11 2012 12:56 AM
Thank you for your reply :) i've been reading through the forums, and am massivly relieved, i had no idea how much dyscalculia was affecting my life but i had no idea of it till i read about other people having the same problems. For example, panic attacks, on a regular basis ill have a panic attack, possibly once every two days on average. They can be about anything, but mostly new situations (like starting college, i had a massive attack about that last night when i started to overthink things) and when i need to think quickly about maths or even just remembering small details in every day life. Also, when people shout at me, i panic, i believe this is a result of being told off in school and at home for being disinterested in maths and homework, the panicing is a kind of flashback to that time :(
Haha, im glad i made you laugh :) part of coping with my LD is light humour, it makes me feel less anxious about situations if people are laughing with me, not at me :)
I know exactly what you mean about having an empathetic teacher helping, in secondary school i had a history teacher with a son who has aspergers, so when i told her i have dyscalculia she instantly connected with me, she ended up giving me extra help and just being my friend, so i wouldnt feel so alone. I honestly believe that if she hadn't been at the school, then i wouldn't have been able to cope.
I've been debating whether to tell the college that im going to start attending on the 16th of this month that i have dyscalculia, my course is a beauty therapy course so hopefully there will be no number crunching, but i would like to possibly enrole in a night class so i could get a pass in foundation maths (foundation is pretty much the lowest secondary school level maths you can get here, i failed it, even with a calculator in the non calculator exam.) i may have to think more on the matter of telling my college, because i dont want to be treated differently, but i do need help.
Im not sure if we need to be retested in the UK, ill ask my mum, she handles all that sort of stuff. If i do need to be retested in order to get help then id gladly oblige.
You are very kind, and you've touched me with your offer of help, if one day you do get skype, you must let me know :) right now, i can do very basic arithmatic with the help of my fingers, but most commonly a calculator, but, a bit like you, anything beyond that is far too much for me to handle :(