Math Problems? Researchers Suggests That You Might Be Struggling With Math Disability Known As Dyscalculia Which Is Similar To Dyslexia

By Mikheyla Johnson, Parent Herald September 21, 07:20 am
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Most individuals may find math a bit challenging. Although it may be normal for most to grab a calculator every now and then, there are those that are having an awfully hard time even with the most basic math problems. A research then revealed that these individuals that are struggling the most when it comes to maths are probably suffering from a math disability known as Dyscalculia.

Math, in general, is something most individuals struggle with, but those with "Dyscalculia" are caught in a mental disorder that can be likened to dyslexia. Though dyslexic individuals may struggle with jumbled letters, Metro noted that individuals with "numbers disability" are struggling with numbers as they see it in a way dyslexic people do with letters.

"For some children with a math disability, a procedural memory may not be working well, so math skills are not automatized," Stanford University Ph.D. student and lead study author Tanya M. Evans explained.

The study, which was done by Georgetown University Medical Centre and Stanford University, was published in News Wise. It stated that people struggling with math disability are going through confusion when it comes to their procedural memory.

It was also mentioned that people struggling with math are processing numbers the way a person with dyslexia sees letters. There are disturbances and abnormalities that are ongoing in a dyslexic individual's procedural memory. It is part of the brain that does not process conscious thoughts such as walking and talking.

"Given that the development of math skills involves their automatization, it makes sense that the dysfunction of procedural memory could lead to math disability," Georgetown neyroscience professor and senior researcher Michael T. Ullman, Ph.D., said. "In fact, aspects of math that tend to be automatized, such as arithmetic, are problematic in children with a math disability. Moreover, since these children often also have dyslexia or developmental language disorder, the disorders may share causal mechanisms."

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