#### Berianireth

##### Well-Known Member

I have "odd" math as a result of my ASD. I tend to pick up on aspects of math that other people aren't interested in, and I do not multiply or divide in my head without "feeling the burn" so to speak. I was placed in alternative classes as a child because I seemed challenged by the classroom environment, but I'm not sure at what point math became an issue. I know I had governor's recognition awards in all subjects up until I was in fourth grade, and then suddenly math became a problem. I never learned my times tables in their entirety and I could not or would not write out math problems as instructed to.

I was watching a TED talk where Temple Grandin mentions that she had extreme difficulty with Algebra, which is something I excelled in in College after failing basic math. Unlike Temple Grandin I went on to try many other maths, and I've discovered that I'm just too weird for most of my instructor's tastes.

Any other Aspies have this issue? Is it inborn, can you turn it off if you try really hard to figure out what other people are doing with the stuff?

I'm still deliberating about when and where to pencil in my multiplication table self-instruction. In all honesty it's ridiculous that I don't have my times tables memorized and the variety of mishaps that it could spell in terms of communicating with my co-workers and students terrifies me.