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February 25th, 2009
Dyscalculia. (Numeric Dyslexia )
Hello,
I am 25 and i have Dyscalculia.
there are no treatments available for this condition, but it's sufferer's just generally come up with different methods to deal with it, just go with what ever works for you.
for me the symptoms are.
* mixing up numbers (eg phone numbers)
*difficulty with calculating distance (eg, how far would 6 meters be?)
* reading analog clock (digital is better for me)
*reading maps, (i have trouble gaguing the distances as well as having to turn the map cause i cant follow it in my head.)
*Difficulty judging the passing of time.
*Difficulty differentiating between left and right
*cannot remember phone numbers or pin or passwords
(i currently know 5 phone numbers by heart, mainly by memorising the key sequence by my hands)
*have difficulties with calculators as i jumble up the sequences
*difficulty measuring (whats 1/4 cup and 3/4 cup make?)
*difficulty counting money, especially change, and cannot convert any currency.
*cannot read music, but am good at learning by doing it by hand.
there is more but can't think of it at this time.

like i was saying before, you will come up with methods of your own that work for you and you'll muddle through,

eg.
i RIGHT with my RIGHT hand and i make an L shape with my left hand if i'm giving directions.
i have to break up ALL numbers into lots of 3 (i've found i will jumble 3 less than 4) and work things out. (phone number 041-212-345)
ALWAYS carry a calculator with me or use the one on my mobile, for things like grocery shopping, cause there is no way for me to gague how much money i'm spending.
*Relate pin's to a easy to type system (eg 456-852)
if your having a bad day, if people ask for the time, you can say (sorry, the battery's run out) LOL
just run with what works.

There is not treatment or drugs to fix this, you have to come up with little methods that work for you.
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replied May 16th, 2018
I just want to say that I appreciate what you are going through because reading your post sounds like you know my life!! I have the exact same issues. I feel so dumb because I cannot do what others my age do. I with there were something that we could do to fix it! I hate it and it keeps me from being able to do just about anything to further my career. I wish you the best!!
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replied April 5th, 2009
I think I have this, too...
I transpose numbers. I've always transposed numbers. Even when I was in elementary school, I would do badly in math (or at least, badly for me) because I would usually get a basic concept, but I would switch the numbers around. I'm horrible with phone numbers. Even when I'm dialing a number I know really well, I say it out loud to myself and am VERY careful about putting it in right, so I don't mix up the numbers and dial the wrong person. And I still mix it up anyways. I have a super hard time with the Dewey decimal system as well...always mixing up the numbers. I would write something down one way, not find it, look it back up again, and realize that I had written it down totally wrong, even though I thought it was right. Sad

I always thought it just meant I was stupid with numbers. But apparently not.
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replied July 11th, 2009
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I have always been dysnumerate, as I've called it. I failed math so many times that if it weren't for corruption I'd still be in primary school.

I was bright in everything else, assumed I was just bad at math. Over the years, aware that I have a 'problem' I've always gone the 'hard way'. If something is 40% off, I'll work my way up from 10% and round off numbers.

My bank has the 'personal banker' feature so I don't have to embarrass myself trying to write a cheque.

Before this; the bank called me about a cheque and I marched in with this huge chip on my shoulder as I had the money and knew the cheque was correct ... numbers matching letters.

Everyone was laughing, and after I proved the numbers and letters matched, they said, 'you don't see anything wrong with the cheque?' "No." I reply.

"Look at the date..."

Took me a little bit of time to see I wrote May 11, 1849.
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replied July 11th, 2009
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Re: Number transpondence
Ananyaxoxo wrote:
I work in sales, and today was the FOURTH time I have had to stay late to fix the cash drawer because I have entered data incorrectly. Today I overcharged a customer $182 and had to call to get his credit card number to repair the situation. When entering the number he gave me, I had to start over twice.
The thing that disappoints me the most is that I make a conscience effort every time I enter numbers and I still get it wrong. It's very frustrating. I found the fact about dyscalculia interesting that you are good at geometry and bad at algebra. I had to take Alg 1 twice in high school and then failed my Alg 2 class, but got A's and B's in geometry class.
After seeing that there is actually a named disorder that I feel I suffer from, I am going to get into the doctor and see what they think....


I failed Algebra. I repeated it. I failed it. I got a tutor. I failed it. The teacher threw away my final exam, gave me a bare pass and I was exempt from math for the rest of my life.
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replied September 25th, 2010
I also have Numeric Dyslexia. I have no trouble at all with letters or words, but when given a series of numbers, either verbally or written, there is generally about a 40-50% chance I will transpose at least one of the numbers. I have found a coping mechanism that has worked pretty well for me. When someone gives me a phone number, I ask them to phrase it as, for example, Five, fifty-five, Seventeen-twenty-one. When they phrase it this way, I am nearly always able to get the number correct. But if that person were to say to me 555-1721, half the time I would write it down wrong. It's normally more difficult than the example I gave because I used the Hollywood trick of always having phone numbers start with triple five. I did not want to accidentally give out somebody's real phone number.
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replied November 12th, 2010
I think i got it too.
I google for tests and dyslexia and found this site.

Anyone know where I can find tests to diagnose dyslexia? I found some tests but only in Portuguese ... Sad

I hope someone can help me... lol
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replied February 5th, 2013
numerical dyslexia
good morning my son age 5 has difficulty counting to 10. He gets to 5, bit hit and miss as to 6 and then 7 never appears. would anyone out there say that this is a sign of numerical dyslexia, His tutor says it may be a cognitive processing issue. I dont like the english mentality of labeling but if there is an issue he needs help with i need to do all i can .
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replied March 26th, 2013
I was going through another dyslexia forum and discovered that over 5% of the worlds population suffer from numeric dyslexia. This kind of dyslexia is known as Dyscalculia.
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replied May 27th, 2013
20years of confusion
I think I have dyscalculia- cant even spell it. I was reading at a college level by 5th grade but almost failed every grade since elementary because of math( I suck at spelling too). I felt like such a failure and my parents and teachers punished me and yelled at me for not "trying". I was even tested for retardationand put in the slow class. I then proved them Ll wrong and graduated with a 4.35.,,I'm in college now to be an animator done with most math- but I almost cried when I found out maybe I haven't been a failure my whole life-maybe I was just horribly misdiagnosed.
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replied March 7th, 2014
This is so great, I like many of the posts I've read so far thought that this was some term that a had coined and was non-existent. Its so nice to know that there are other people who have this and that it's a real disorder not something I'm just not good at.

I always have troubles with phone numbers, prices and any sort of numerical string.This wasn't previously that big of an issue (aside from making Math confusing, and the results confusing to both me and my teachers) until I took on my current job in Sales and Marketing which is heavily based on numbers. I have tried memory games and other things to improve, but in the end I just have to triple check everything and realize that every once in a while there's going to be some odd error that I can't logically explain.

Anyway I just wanted to thank all of you, and give you all my best...as Churchill said, just KBO (Keep Buggering On.
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replied January 22nd, 2015
I always said i was dyslexic with numbers. I know i am like your all posting. Im in school and cant pass math to get my bachloers degree. I tried pre algebra 3 times before passing the class. Thats a year and a half of math for one class. Im still in community college, i have three levels of math to get my goal degrees. I have been in school three years al ready. The school cannot find my disability in testing. Do you have any tips for me for help?
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replied January 22nd, 2015
I always said i was dyslexic with numbers. I know i am like your all posting. Im in school and cant pass math to get my bachloers degree. I tried pre algebra 3 times before passing the class. Thats a year and a half of math for one class. Im still in community college, i have three levels of math to get my goal degrees. I have been in school three years al ready. The school cannot find my disability in testing. Do you have any tips for me for help?
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replied July 21st, 2015
Some Home remedies which you can try for your dyslexia problem :
1. Fish oil supplements that contain omega3fatty acids
2. Efalex foods your brain with essential fatty acids that results in a marked improvement in reading & writing skills
3. Eat foods containing vitamin E, essential fatty acids, evening primrose oil, fish oil
4. Other recommended supplements for Dyslexia treatment are:
a. Mutli-minerals - helps in proper body function
b. Vitamin C
c. Calcium
d. Magnesium

These remedies are to be used only in mild conditions, in case of severe or chronic conditions you should visit your doctor.
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replied May 16th, 2018
Can I just scream for a minute? I worked at a busy medical call center where I HAD to repeat the phone number given by the patient back to them before hanging up. It was standard operating procedure. I took down the information from the person calling and had to spell back the name and repeat the number on EVERY SINGLE call...sometimes 300 or more a day calls. I would have weekly logger reviews with the manager and ALWAYS got called out for repeating numbers back wrong. I CANNOT DO IT!! I am looking directly at the information that was JUST given to me and cannot repeat it correctly. I mess up the last 2-4 numbers EVERY TIME. It is so frustrating!!!! And trying to explain it to my boss makes me sound like I'm just trying to get away with it. Now, I have left that job for that reason. I am applying to other positions, but there always seems to be this assessment test that arrives in my email where I am timed on how well I can tell time and do numbers. I am dying over here!!!! My brain is not ever going to be able to just tell time on the spot like that. I get so nervous and stressed trying to answer questions like "If your client meeting began at 10:15 and went over by 45 minutes, what is the earliest time you can travel back to your hotel?" AAAAAHHHHHHHHRRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!!!! I can't do it! I can't just look at a sentence with times like that and be timed and know my answers are correct. Then, I just develop an ulcer until I hear back from the job. God help me if I have to count change on the timed test. I might as well skip it and try to find another position. I feel like I will never be able to succeed in my field because I can't do numbers. I was in college to be a Registered Nurse, but I quit with only 13 credits remaining because I was simply terrified of the pharmacology. How can I get a job that isn't going to drive me crazy when EVERYTHING revolves around numbers!!!
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