Hermionefan5 wrote:It is hard for me to do even some day to day math sometimes.
What do you find most difficult? Is it doing things that require a good level spatial awareness and co-ordination (for example measuring a room to calculate how much paint you need to buy to paint it?) Or is it things which require the sort of memory skills that dyspraxic people often have difficulties? For example remembering all the items for adding up your shopping bill? I find this most tricky when I'm also trying to negotiate a trolley through a busy supermarket (too many bright lights, irritating beeping noises,shelves to knock into and people to avoid running over! Asda on a Saturday afternoon was not designed for dyspraxic people!)
If it's the latter then this is what I do, I don't know if it'll help but it might be worth a try.
Firstly, taking the example of shopping try and go when it's quiet if possible (one of my housemates drives and will take us to Tesco at 9 o clock on a Tuesday night. Not the most rock and roll to spend an evening but at least it means a)I don't get too overwhelmed and end up having a panic attack and b) I'm less likely to bump into anything. )
Secondly, take a pad and pen with you to make a running total of how much things cost. No one will look at you oddly as they'll just assume it's a shopping list.
Thirdly, If you have a photographic memory then use it! If I'm only buying a few things I can often remember how much they were because I can visualise the price tag on the shelf.Particularly if it's something i buy a lot.
On a more general note.
Forthly if you find you can't add things in your head use the calculator function on your mobile phone. People will just assume you're sending a text message.
Finally,Try and group sets of numbers together so that they are easier to remember. There's something called Miller's magic 7. This is the idea that most people can hold a list of between 5 and 9 items in their short term memory and no more. It's Miller's magic 7 because it's 7 plus or minus 2). So 3,6,1,5,4,5,6,7,4 might be easier to cope with if you add them together. For example 3+6+1 is 10 5+4+5 is 14 and 6+7+4 is 17. So you only have to remember 10,14,17. Or divide them up as 361,545,674.
As for things like P.I.Ns and passcodes: I try and pick them so that they are historical dates which I can remember (usually an unusually gory battle or an important event from the particular period of history which I'm a bit obsessed with).
It's not fool proof but it might help.
I think some of these ideas might be in Parnassus' book so my apologies for pilfering them. As I said before, these are just what work for me and if these aren't the things that you have difficulties with then sorry for the lecture.Post what your specific issues are and I will see if I can help.