Students
with a mathematics disorder have problems with their math skills.
Their math skills are significantly below normal considering the student’s
age, intelligence, and education.

As measured by a standardized test that is given individually, the
person's mathematical ability is substantially less than you would
expect considering age, intelligence and education.

This deficiency materially impedes academic achievement or daily living.

If there is also a sensory defect, the mathematics deficiency is worse
than you would expect with it.

**Associated
Features:**

Conduct
disorder

Attention deficit disorder

Depression

Other Learning Disorders

**Differential
Diagnosis:**

Some disorders have similar or even the same symptoms. The clinician,
therefore, in his/her diagnostic attempt, has to differentiate against
the following disorders which need to be ruled out to establish a
precise diagnosis.

Low
Self-Esteem

Social problems

Increased dropout rate at school

**Cause:**

Mathematics
disorder is usually brought to the attention of the child’s parents
when math instruction becomes a very important part of the classroom
teaching. It is possible that some people have problems in math because
of their genetic makeup. In contrast to some families whose members
have great difficulty solving math problems, there are other families
who tend to have members that consistently have a very high-level
of math functioning.

**Treatment:**

Treatment
for mathematics disorder includes individual tutoring, placement in
special math classrooms with expert math teachers, and other educational
aids that focus on math skills. Therefore, learning disorders are
treated with specialized educational methods. In addition to special
classroom instruction at school, students with learning disorders
frequently benefit from individualized tutoring which focuses on their
specific learning problem.

**Educational Psychology [ See Educational
Psychology Section ]:**