A mathematics support tutor at Loughborough University has developed a special tool to give adults an indication of whether they are at risk of dyscalculia, a hidden condition resulting in poor numeracy skills which impacts on sufferer’s daily lives.
Clare Trott from Loughborough University’s Mathematics Education Centre has been working on the project in conjunction with Nigel Beacham for a number of years and she is now joined by assistive technology specialist iansyst Ltd and public sector service provider Tribal in order for the project to be rolled out commercially.
It is estimated that between three to six percent of adults could have dyscalculia, but many remain unidentified as screening is currently only available in children. Dyscalculics face challenges each day with tasks such as household budgeting, checking change or helping children with homework. It can lead to people being labelled as stupid, or labelling themselves because they get frustrated with their inability to use everyday sums.
Clare has been working on the UK’s first online screener, DysCalculiUM, which highlights adults displaying signs of dyscalculia. In turn this will mean individuals can seek further help. DysCalculiUM is designed to be administered by learning and disability support teams in colleges and universities as well as by human resources professionals in the workplace.
The Library holds several books on the subject of dyscalculia in stock, and you may find more information on the subject among some of our education and mathematics databases on Metalib, most particularly Inspec and Eric.