A to Z Blog Challenge 2021 – Math Blindness
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 …
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
- 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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