What Causes Dyscalculia?

Like dyslexia, there is no single cause of dyscalculia.

Underlying causes can vary and more often several are at play. Some common causes are:

  • Difficulty with abstract concepts
  • Working memory weaknesses. Thes can be further broken down into visual memory, auditory memory, spatial memory
  • Fine motor problems
  • Spatial reasoning dificulties

There is some indication that dyscalculia may be a genetic condition. However due to the complexity this is not proven. It can also stem from developmental problems such as fetal alcohol syndrome or Turner's syndrome.