Helmholtzstraße 28, 40215 Düsseldorf, Germany

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Dyscalculia Düsseldorf: We help with dyscalculia

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The team at Vivare Gesundheitszentrum helps children, adolescents and adults with dyscalculia in Düsseldorf to correct their arithmetic deficiencies with targeted support measures and thus to participate successfully in school, professional and social life. We would be happy to help you overcome your learning disability too!

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Dyscalculia Düsseldorf: Better deal with dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is an impairment of arithmetic skills. Affected individuals have great difficulty understanding and applying the simplest mathematics. The deficit mainly concerns the mastery of basic arithmetic skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and less higher mathematical skills such as those needed for algebra or geometry. However, dyscalculia is often accompanied by limitations in visual-spatial working memory, problems with temporal orientation and difficulties in understanding text tasks. Calculation performance in dyscalculia is well below the level that would be expected based on age and general intelligence. However, the causes of dyscalculia do not lie in the intelligence of the affected person, an inadequate school education or a lack of motivation, but in a disorder of mathematical understanding. With individual support measures, those affected by dyscalculia can subsequently acquire an understanding of quantities and numbers and, building on this, learn to deal confidently with mathematical tasks and apply them without difficulty in everyday life, at school and at work.

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09:00 – 18:00


09:00 – 19:00


09:00 – 18:00


09:00 – 17:00


09:00 – 16:00


09:00 – 14:00

The patient requests can be by phone or email be agreed upon.

By phone we are available from 08:00 - 18:00 (MO-FR).


Helmholtzstrasse 28
40215 Düsseldorf

Comprehensive therapy of dyscalculia in Düsseldorf


Neurofeedback is a computer-based training method that helps patients with dyscalculia visualize their own brain activity and thus gain improved control over their own actions. Exercises such as homework situations are also integrated so that what is learned can be applied in everyday life.


Children, adolescents, and adults with dyscalculia often have difficulty concentrating in school or at work, resulting in increasingly poor math skills. Targeted behavioral therapy measures in psychotherapy can be used to train and promote concentration, attention and memory skills.

Occupational Therapy

With the help of occupational therapy, children, adolescents and adults suffering from dyscalculia gain an understanding of the number space and arithmetic operations through the use of illustrative material. This promotes the imagination. Numbers and arithmetic operations can be associated with concrete actions after successful therapy, so that the auxiliary materials are no longer needed.

Social environment

For those affected by dyscalculia, it is important that caregivers understand the scope and consequences of the weakness, which is why parents, teachers, or other caregivers are included in therapy if requested by the patient. It is especially important for children to have strong family support and a positive environment that highlights strengths and instills confidence.

Our team for dyscalculia in Düsseldorf

Archsana Kamalananda

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

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Neurofeedback Tim Heyn

Tim Heyn

Therapist for Neurofeedback

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Kinder- und Jugendpsychologin Melinda Gilhaus

Melina Gilhaus

Mental-functional occupational therapist

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Dyscalculia Dusseldorf - We offer individual treatments

Children and adolescents can often show specific learning disabilities in arithmetic or reading and writing at school. If the weaknesses persist despite effort, hours of study and practice, remedial instruction, or tutoring, dyscalculia and/or dyslexia are most likely present. If dyscalculia remains undiagnosed or is not treated appropriately, the learning difficulty can very likely also hinder adults in their daily lives and careers. If you suspect that your child or you suffer from dyscalculia, you can contact our experts at Vivare Health Center. In a detailed initial interview and on the basis of various test psychological examinations, we check whether dyscalculia is present and thus rule out other reasons for the weaknesses. Based on the diagnosis, we then determine the further course of action together with the patient. The Vivare team always takes care of patients’ problems and concerns on an individual basis. In order to treat dyscalculia in Düsseldorf sustainably and effectively, we adapt our therapy plans to the personal strengths, goals and needs of our patients.

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Treatment options for dyscalculia in Düsseldorf

The treatment of dyscalculia in Düsseldorf is carried out with the help of behavioral therapy techniques in occupational therapy and psychotherapy as well as with the help of neurofeedback. By combining the various measures, both children and adults can be effectively and sustainably strengthened in dealing with their dyscalculia. With behavioral therapy, sufferers learn to develop and apply individual strategies to solve problems. As a result, mathematical situations can be mastered without stress or difficulty, giving affected individuals more self-confidence and higher self-esteem. In neurofeedback, desired brain activities such as concentration and attention are enhanced through reward, reducing undesired activities such as distraction. Through regular repetition, the brain learns to modify its own activity so that sufferers are more resilient, efficient and relaxed. Occupational therapy can be used to train fine motor skills, visual and auditory perception, body coordination, and body awareness, which can also be used to treat other perceptual disorders.

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Goals of the dyscalculia therapy in Düsseldorf

Dyscalculia is treatable, but not curable. We at Vivare Gesundheitszentrum aim with the different therapy methods of dyscalculia in Düsseldorf to train basic skills, to train attention and concentration, to control one’s own perception independently as well as to strengthen the patient’s self-esteem. However, the basis for the correct handling of dyscalculia is not only a precisely coordinated therapy program, but also an understanding of the disorder on the part of the affected person and the environment. Through the integration of parents, caregivers and teachers, the aim is to compensate for the individual weakness, for example, by increasing the processing time or reducing the number of tasks. The earlier such a weakness is detected and treated, the more favorable the prognosis usually is. But dyscalculia can also be treated in adulthood with good chances of success. Children, adolescents and adults who suspect they may have dyscalculia can contact Vivare Health Center for a no-obligation consultation.

Cost for Privately insured / self-pay patients / statutory health insurance patients

Patients with health insurance

Patients covered by statutory health insurance: Mental-functional occupational therapy is a benefit of the statutory health insurance, i.e. the statutory insurance covers the entire costs of therapy for children and adolescents. This requires a corresponding prescription, which you will receive from your doctor or psychotherapist.

Psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults at the Vivare Health Center can currently only be used by privately insured persons or self-pay patients.

Privately insured / self-payer

Privately insured: Private health insurance companies usually cover part or all of the costs of mental-functional occupational therapy and psychotherapy. However, the exact scope of services should always be clarified in advance. Psychotherapy sessions are charged according to the Fee Schedule for Psychotherapists (GOP) with a factor of 2.5; for occupational therapy services, the Fee Schedule for Therapists (GebüTh) is applied.

Self-payers: For self-payers, the fee for psychotherapeutic services is also based on the GOP and for occupational therapy services on the GebüTh.

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Questions and answers about our practice for dyscalculia in Düsseldorf

As early as kindergarten age, children develop an initial understanding of numbers and quantities, which are then expanded and internalized in building learning steps at school. Dyscalculia makes this learning process much more difficult. Most of the time, they lack the necessary understanding of quantities and counting skills, which are necessary for learning basic arithmetic. The dyscalculia is mostly recognized in the first two school years, when aids such as counting with the fingers have to be dispensed with. Often, this causes children to have comprehension problems in other school subjects, which can lead to frustration and fear of failure.

Just as each child is individual, so is each dyscalculia. While some children show the first signs of dyscalculia as early as kindergarten age, other children do not show large gaps in their knowledge compared to their classmates until they reach elementary school age. Typical symptoms may include:

  • Little or no idea of numbers, quantities and sizes
  • Calculating takes a lot of time
  • Forgetting arithmetic operations, multiplication tables, etc.
  • Basic arithmetic operations and decimal system are unclear
  • Confusing and twisting arithmetic signs, numbers and digits
  • Counting with fingers
  • Problems with text tasks, diagrams, tables and maps
  • Problems with time and direction information
  • Difficulty reading the clock
  • Comprehension problems with historical contexts (e.g. dates)

If dyscalculia is not recognized or appropriately treated in childhood or adolescence, it is likely to continue into adulthood. Unsuccessful school careers, aborted apprenticeships, social fears and feelings of inferiority: Often, the many years of failure are accompanied by an impediment to participation in social life. In most cases, adults learn to compensate or hide the dyscalculia out of fear or shame, but the difficulties with everyday mathematical questions such as dealing with money or timetables remain. Using individualized, appropriate methods, adults learn how to use mathematics confidently to handle appropriate situations in everyday life, education, and work without fear or stress.

Dyscalculia in adults is basically always the result of untreated dyscalculia in childhood. The longer dyscalculia in adults remains untreated, the greater the impact of the poor performance on the psyche of those affected. Indications that adults suffer from dyscalculia are:

  • Fear and dislike of mathematics and dealing with numbers
  • Avoidance behavior and excuses when confronted with math problems.
  • Dependence on technology or other people
  • Difficulty giving or checking change
  • Difficulty reading times
  • Difficulty estimating or calculating distances
  • No help with homework from child or grandchild possible
  • Difficulties with simple fractions such as “one third of …” or percentages
  • Use of fingers, written procedures, or calculator for simple mental calculations
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