The symptoms of learning disorders in and of themselves can be highly confusing. Is it dyslexia, dyspraxia, or what? Is the child autistic or is there an organic brain problem maybe it is ADD? These are the thoughts and concerns which cross a parent or teacher’s mind when they confront a child presenting with what appears to be a learning disability. Difficulty with numbers could be related to dyslexia, particularly if it is number inversion or dislocation. However, another disorder is implicated if there are actual difficulties making calculations or determining number values. This would be where dyscalculia symptoms come into play.
For most of us, it is fairly simple to determine the order of the scale of numbers as ascending. For example, this would be as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and so on. Or, the alternative is linear descending understanding which is actually the same except it would be 0,-1,-2,-3,-4,-5 and on from there. To someone with dyscalculia, this linear progression of numbers and their relative values is not understood at all. In fact, there is no basis or concept in mind to support the frame of even a slight ideal. Therefore, this is definitely a difficult learning disorder to surpass.
The most important thing is to first determine if the learning disorder is related to other conditions mentioned such as dyslexia or organic brain disorders and ADD or ADD/HD. The distinction is vital to make because treatment approaches would be entirely different and all learning disorders have a different neurophysiology.
Consider the difficulty of going through life without an ability to do any math. That would make employment impossible unless one were to find an occupation which did not involve any kind of math was not involved. That is actually next to impossible, so it is best to identify the learning disorder at an early age and begin to implement tactics to make learning math possible for your child.