A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Math Blindness

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Math Blindness

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It’s that time again for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. I’ve done this one for quite a few years, and it’s always fun.

This time I decided to go with the miscellaneous type posts, which some days will be whatever I want, and other days will be a resurrection of my older posts that pretty much no one or very few ever saw.

So, here we go with Letter M …

#AtoZChallenge 2021 April Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter M

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MATH BLINDNESS

Math blindness, also called discalculia, is a learning disability, in which the person has difficulty in comprehending numbers and anything math related.  It is seen as a developmental disorder, like dyslexia is with letters, reading, and writing.

A few everyday ways of doing things that are difficult for one who has math blindness, besides in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division, and any higher mathmatics, are in the areas of…

  • telling/estimating time
  • reading maps
  • estimating distances
  • measurements
  • directions
  • scheduling
  • balancing a checkbook

Other problem areas that make it hard for the person with math blindness are in remembering names, they can be chronically late, have trouble filtering out distractions, being disoriented, losing things, and being absent-minded.

It has been documented also, that there is at least one skill the person is usually excellent at, and that is writing skills.

This learning disability can he hereditary or acquired. There are a few tests you can take to determine if you have it, but I’m sure most people already know that they do, just from living with the symptoms. I know I do.

I’ve had problems with all of these, from an early age. I can do simple math…sometimes. Even so, I mess it up nine times out of ten, and have no idea that I did it, or why, or how to fix it. Say something that involves numbers to me, and I kind of blank out…it’s just gibberish. I barely got by in math classes at school, and in high school I had to take remedial math in order to graduate, and barely made it through that. I even got fired from a job once, because I had to add up orders on a calculator -no less- and couldn’t enter the numbers correctly…kept transposing or omitting, so nothing ever came out right.

But, hey, I can write! That, as they say, is the silver lining to the gray cloud, in my view of things.

If you’d like to learn more about math blindness/discalculia, here is a link. http://www.learninginfo.org/dyscalculia.htm

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2021 BS

20 responses »

    • Thanks, Janet! It was interesting to learn about this condition for me, too. Yes, that’s why I had Ghost not be able to do math. But then he is very good at writing and singing, which helps to compensate for his lack of math skills. 🙂

  1. I have never heard of discalculia. Interesting. At first glance, I wouldn’t think directions have anything to do with math, but . . . “Go three blocks, turn left, and take the fourth right.”

    • Thanks, Priscilla! It was good to learn this condition has a name and is known about. It’s more than a person just not liking math, as a lot of people don’t much like it. 🙂

  2. Never heard that term before, and it’s good to know that other skills develop better in response. I think I can see where Ghost gets his discalculia 🙂

    • Thanks, Li! It has been interesting to learn more about this condition. I didn’t know it had a name, either, but when I see a list of traits for this and I can check off every one as a yes, then must be what I have & live with every day. Anyway, I had Ghost have it too, and he compensates with being very good at writing, singing, and his psychic abilities. 🙂

    • Thanks, Jen! I just read your post at the link, and it was really fun. Yes, I’m definitely the English person as you showed.
      It’s true that lots of conditions overlap into others, so we just learn to live the best we can with whatever cards we’re dealt.

    • Thanks Paula, for the nice complement! I hadn’t heard of this either, and it was interesting to see there was a name for it, and an aha moment when I could check off all the list as a yes for why I can barely do math. I’m glad I do like to write, though. 🙂

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