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Dyscalculia

Definitely me. I couldn't read a clock until I was 12. Still can't add very well. Subtraction close to impossible. Multiplication and division were nothing I could reach, even through rote memorization. Money has always been tricky. Can't remember a phone number. Or a birthday. I pretty well live without numbers. It's been a lifetime of hardship.

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ASQ: 45. RAADS-R: 229.

BAP: 132 aloof, 132 rigid, 104 pragmatic.

Aspie score: 173 / 200; NT score: 33 / 200.

EQ: 6.

Ohh... yes, I forgot

Cant remember phone numbers or birthdays, I have a hard time reading time tables etc. that is part of it. It manifests differently in differetn people, just like AS. Some can be highly gifted in the Geometry area but not being able to do simple calculation stuff.

- I have a digital watch

- I compensate for my difficulties with time management by 1) realizing that I have them 2) overcompensating. But it still baffels me that: if I have to leave at 14.05 then I consider getting ready 13.50 or so, because in my head I do not have to leave until the next hour (I know, logically, this is not true, but my brain do not see the small amount of time between these two times).

I drive nowhere without a GPS in the car

When taking the train or bus I use Google earth to familiarize me with the sorroundings.

I always bring a timetable, and often highlight the colums I need

Spend years thinking I was stupid, I am still not entirely convinced

Lots of homepages explaining dyscalculia, just do a google.

And- it is difficult to get a diagnosis. In my country it is only children can get a free diagnosis (and not everywhere), adults need a privat psychologist, there are few of those and it costs a large sum of money.

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I always had trouble in math in school, except for geometry. It was always very frustratiing to explain to people.

All I can say is, I am 36 and still secretly count on my fingers.

Woa!! ! This is me exactly. I spent my entire childhood breaking multiplication down into endless addition and breaking division down into endless subtraction. This took a very long time and I always did badly on math tests because I didn't have time to do this with all the problems. And the teachers deducted points because the entire page was filled with long, long addition and subtraction columns so they could see I wasn't really multiplying and dividing.

The one kind of math I could do was geometry. I baffled myself. I couldn't understand why I

**could**understand. It remains the only sort of math that makes sense. I thought I was unique in being able to do nothing but geometry and long columns of addition and subtraction (until cheap portable calculators were invented). But here you are, exactly the same.

Alas, the calculator can't do algebra. And therefore neither can I. Unless it is the simplest possible equation.

I am middle aged and just secretly counted on my fingers to calculate a waiter's tip just a couple hours ago.

Hey, I'm the same age as you, but

*I'm*not middle-aged! All it takes is a glance at my ACT scores: Language: 24, Social Studies: 26, Natural Science: 28 , Math: 10--so I must've got in a couple of lucky guesses.

I remember using piles and piles of scratch paper covered with my huge sloppy scrawl. My handwriting was so bad I couldn't ever get the columns lined up right to do long multiplication. And every time I did long division it was like I was doing it for the first time.

Geometry was the only math class I passed with more than a C- average. Even though my scores were low in both sections of the CAT all through elementary and high school, I did much worse in the "computation" segment than the "understanding of concepts" segment.

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To an extent (I think this had more to do with teachers spending class time cracking jokes instead of explaining math) until I began to view numbers as not numbers, but patterns/shapes (that are called numbers by everyone else). This works well when I had to take classes which involves integrating letters with numbers in formulae and equations. Calculators, which were mandatory, are also nice. After changing my perception of numbers, I was able to get high marks in the subject.

I can memorize numbers. It's just like memorizing words. But what can you do with a long string of numbers?

When I was a kid, I was trying to learn crochet but all I could get was how to make a chain. I could make a really long chain, but it was a pretty useless skill.

Same thing with memorizing numbers. If I really felt like it, I could memorize pi to however many places, but I don't have a clue what else it's good for except with an "e" on the end. And a scoop of ice cream on top.

I don't know why I can memorize letters instead of numbers. Well, I guess I probably couldn't memorize random letters but when it comes to words letters have rules which make sense to me. Mind you, I still think it would be easier for me to memorize random letters than numbers but again, probably because I have no interest in numbers.

Same thing with memorizing numbers. If I really felt like it, I could memorize pi to however many places, but I don't have a clue what else it's good for except with an "e" on the end. And a scoop of ice cream on top.

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