In terms of mathematical ability and intelligence, children with mathematics disorder have very low achievement compare to their counterparts that have the same age, intelligence and education. This is one of the major problems in the field of education because there are no sufficient teachers to handle these problems. The curriculum in most school is not flexible and ideal for those students with unidentified mathematics disorder.
Common Symptoms of Mathematics Disorder
It is difficult to identify mathematics disorder in the very young age. These children may have noticeable early difficulties with solving simple mathematical problems. Children have difficulty in reading, writing and copying numbers and numerical figures. They have also difficulty on how to count or to add numbers. They can distinguish addition from subtraction. Understanding mathematical operations and equations cause them frustration and misery. In arranging the numbers in proper position in order to add, subtract or multiply is also hard for them. They have lack the rule of conservation and unable to arrange numbers from ascending to descending or the other and it troubles them to analyze and interpret graphs.
Although mathematical disorder can be traced as early as young children, it can also be developed in their later years due to some intimidating factors that trigger their symptoms. Since they have very poor performance in solving mathematical equations like counting, arranging, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, mostly they are left behind in the class. Highly structured curriculum also entices the onset of the disorder. However, improper medication to mathematics disorder may lead to several disorders like developmental coordination disorder, mixed receptive-expressive language disorder, and reading disorder. Mathematics disorder also affects the performance of the patient in other subjects like language arts and sciences. Aside from it, behavioral problems may arise like being aggressive, violent and nervousness. An accumulated phobia might be experienced by some children with mathematics. If not controlled, they become apprehensive making the condition even destructive.
Patients with mathematics disorder should be taken away from highly structured classroom and environment. A democratic and stress free environment will help them appreciate their worth and innate intelligence. They must be given activities, without being coerced, that promote their artistry and creativity. One way of enhancing their analytical and critical thinking is through games. It should not be competitive and restrictive. A lot of programs offered in different schools and special education centers have developed interactive curriculum that offers enjoyable, fun-filled activities. The parents of the patient with mathematics disorder should not overemphasize the importance of mathematics for it will only cause them stress and trauma.