Math disabilities: Overview

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A math disability is when a child has significant challenges with math. Learn about math disabilities, their symptoms, and how they are diagnosed and treated.

Key points

  • Math disabilities are learning disabilities that can include problems with understanding math terms, operations and symbols; and with counting and grouping objects.
  • Children who are diagnosed with a math disability may have difficulties sequencing information or events, understanding concepts related to time, and/or organising information on a page.
  • A math disability may go undiagnosed until Grade 5 or later.
Last updated: March 3rd 2020