Difficulty estimating quantity linked to math learning disability – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Approximately 10 percent of school-age children have persistent and significant difficulties with math.
Koepke: The medical term for math learning disability is dyscalculia.
Narrator: Dr. Kathy Mann Koepke is a staff scientist at NIH.
Koepke: Usually we use this term to refer to a broad range of mathematical difficulties in learning and performance, but these difficulties cannot be attributed to inadequate or poor instruction. So there is something besides poor schooling.
Narrator: A recent study shows that in children who have dyscalculia the ability to estimate quantities – that usually exists from birth – is impaired. For more information on this study, visit www.nichd.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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