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What is dyscalculia?

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It's not unusual for a child to have a tough time with math homework every now and then. But if he has problems with numbers or low math test scores, but does well in other subjects, he could have a learning disability called dyscalculia.

It's a brain-related condition that makes math hard to understand and learn. It may run in families, but scientists haven't found any genes related to it.

SOURCES:

Child Mind Institute: "How to Help Kids with Dyscalculia," "How to Spot Dyscalculia."

Educational Psychologist: "Dyscalculia Assessment and Diagnosis."

Learning Disabilities Association of America: "Dyscalculia."

National Institutes of Health: "Children with ADHD Symptoms Have a Higher Risk for Reading, Spelling and Math Difficulties in the GINIplus and LISAplus Cohort Studies."

News release, University College of London, May 2011.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on October 3, 2017

SOURCES:

Child Mind Institute: "How to Help Kids with Dyscalculia," "How to Spot Dyscalculia."

Educational Psychologist: "Dyscalculia Assessment and Diagnosis."

Learning Disabilities Association of America: "Dyscalculia."

National Institutes of Health: "Children with ADHD Symptoms Have a Higher Risk for Reading, Spelling and Math Difficulties in the GINIplus and LISAplus Cohort Studies."

News release, University College of London, May 2011.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on October 3, 2017

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