I am looking for input/advice regarding whether a student I just began tutoring may have dyscalculia - and, if so, how to go about broaching the subject / assisting them as best as possible.
I'd rather not get into what cause me to become worried of this for privacy reasons, except that a student I just began tutoring in introductory university physics (calculus based) demonstrated an extremely worrying difficulty with basic mathematical reasoning, despite giving me the impression that they were otherwise quite intelligent. Whenever I presented them with a question, I felt they would answer seemingly randomly, almost as if they were picking a word or phrase I had used earlier in the hopes it was correct. In short, I have worked with others in the past who have found math quite difficult, but this felt like something else entirely.
If you have worked with students suffering from dyscalculia in the past, I would appreciate any input you have on how to possibly identify it and differentiate it from simply finding math difficult.