Series: Learning Starts Early!
Dyscalculia refers to a persistent difficulty in learning or understanding concepts related to numbers, counting, and arithmetic, while dyslexia refers to difficulty with respect to reading and writing. This brief document offers a description of the two learning disabilities and a discussion of strategies for dealing with them.
The authors note that early identification is the key to preventing reading- and math-related learning difficulties in school-age children and the most successful interventions employ a combination of approaches and strategies. These interventions should begin in early childhood in order to avoid the emotional difficulties, behaviour problems, and loss of motivation to learn that can accompany learning disabilities.
The booklet was prepared by the Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre (ECLKC) of the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) and is aimed at parents, service providers, policy makers and the general public.