Definition of Mathematics disorder
Mathematics disorder is a condition in which a child’s math ability is far below normal for their age, intelligence, and education.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Children who have mathematics disorder may have trouble performing simple mathematical equations, such as counting and adding.
Early difficulties with arithmetic are noticed, as well as low scores in math classes and tests
Signs and tests
Standardized tests can assess the child’s math ability. Grades and class performance can also help.
The best treatment is remedial education. Other programs that have been successful include “Project Math” and teaching computer skills.
Early intervention improves the chances of a better outcome.
Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 4/26/2010