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Good afternoon and welcome to JA.
First of all, dyscalculia can be diagnosed through a relatively straight-forward psychological assessment that would include an overall assessment of cognitive abilities; a more specific assessment of your math skills and (in all likelihood) may also assess visuo-spatial viso-motor skills as well.
In some cases, dyscalculia is a very specific and localized "learning disorder" associated with math... in other cases, it may be a symptom of a larger "learning style" that may present as a unique neurodevelopmental pattern.
Once it is clarified if your dyscalculia is specific to math only - very specific educational treatment plans can be developed to address your needs.
If the dyscalculia is a symptom of a larger processing concern, there are also treatment (and educational) protocols that can help.
In either event - when address learning differences - the solution to address them either involves: (A) remediation to fix the underlying problem area or (B) accommodation to help you learn how to function despite your specific areas of weakness. In most cases, a combination approach is employed - to allow for improved functioning while trying to address the underlying problem. In other cases, remediation may have to be abandoned altogether in favor of accommodation.
A strong website (English-based for Americans and Brits) that I have recommended to parents (and students) before is: http://www.aboutdyscalculia.org/resources.html
Ah, I see you're on... I'll stick around for a bit to see if I can be of any help.
I appreciate this, do schools generally test for this and if so, are they generally successful? In general, I will "get" math the day I am studying it, but then the next day forget everything I learned the previous day, so is this typical?
Public schools will assess for dyscalculia, certainly. It really depends on the nature of your college/university whether or not they will assess (at their cost) rather than having you find an independent evaluator. I would check with your department of special services or student services to find out more.
The "getting the math one day and not the next" can be a symptom of simple dyscalculia, yes... but just as dyscalculia may be a symptom of something broader, so too might be the behavior you describe. Having an evaluation that puts the WHOLE PICTURE into context will be very helpful. :)
Thank you so much, I will check into it today. Unfortunately, I have to get to my class now, will this be sent to my email as well?
Great. It should be sent to your e-mail, yes.
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