how to identify maths learning disability in children

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Mastering mathematics is absolutely essential for future opportunities in school and careers. Your children will need to reach a certain level of competency in math to take many advanced high-school courses, to be admitted to college, and to have a wide variety of career choices.

Even those suffering from math-related anxieties or phobias cannot escape its everyday presence in their lives. From home to school to work and places in-between, math is everywhere. Whether using measurements in a recipe, or deciding if half a tank of gas will make the destination, we all use math. It is a good idea, therefore, for teachers and parents of reluctant math learners to use real world examples to ignite a spark of practical interest.

Math is one subject in which everything builds upon what has been previously learned. For example, a failure to understand the concept of percent leads to problems with decimals.


  1. Difficulty with logical and deductive reasoning
  2. Confusion of signs in math problems
  3. Difficulty understanding math concepts without manipulatives or pictures
  4. Lining up numbers incorrectly
  5. Avoidance of math assignments and frustration with math
  6. Becoming lost in the problem solving process
  7. Not able to remember and follow multi-step instructions
  8. Inability to find errors in their own work or to identify mistakes they made in solving the problem
  9. Difficulty solving math word problems, though the student knows basic math facts etc

Below is a simple test to determine if your child needs a lesson teacher. For sake of clarity, child as defined in this article refers to children between the ages of 11-18 years old.

Have your ward solve the exercise below; the total obtainable score is 18. If your child score 10 marks above, you do not need to worry, if otherwise, we advise you employ the services of a maths lesson teacher or a learning center or provide the help yourself.


 1. Factorize the Following expression

signs that your child needs help in mathematics






2. Simplify the following expressions

7a – 9a + 5
2 – 4c + 5c

Your child solution to this exercise should be sent to [button size=”normal” type=”info” value=”knowbaseconsult@gmail.com” href=”#”] for assessment. We would grade it and send the scores to you.

The intent of this exercise is to help identify children who need help in mathematics with a view to recommending useful study materials to their parents.

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