Mathematics disorder is a learning disorder. Children with this disorder have math skills much lower than average for their age, intelligence, and education. The disorder affects the child's success at school.
The cause of this disorder is not known. Like other learning disorders, it tends to run families. It affects boys and girls equally. Mathematics disorder may also be caused by damage to certain parts of the brain.
Symptoms depend on what is average for your child's age, education, and intelligence. Symptoms may include problems with:
Children with this problem may be good at reading and writing.
Parents often notice math problems when their child is in first or second grade. However, if your child does well in other areas, the disorder might not be noticed until fifth grade.
If you suspect that your child has a math disorder, talk with your school principal or counselor. Your child may be referred to a specialist in learning disorders. Your child may take IQ and math tests. You will be asked about your child's behavior, success at school, and any family history of learning disabilities. Your child may be tested to see if there are other problems such as ADHD.
Mathematics disorder is usually treated by giving your child special instruction in math and having your child devote extra time to learning math skills. Most school districts have special programs to help children with learning disorders. By high school, some children will have improved their math skills and will no longer have a hard time doing math. Teens who continue to struggle with math may limit their career choices. It is very important to get treatment for your child as early as possible.