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There are different types of mathematics learning disabilities.

Students with learning disabilities in mathematics generally have problems in one or more of three areas:

  1. Doing the actual calculations.
  2. Understanding abstract mathematical concepts.
  3. Doing the calculations and understanding the mathematical concepts.

Students with learning disabilities often have average calculation skills, however, they have difficulty understanding algebraic concepts. Other characteristics of students with learning disabilities in mathematics include difficulties in following a series of mathematical steps to solve a problem, in applying math concepts to word problems, in solving oral problems or interpreting graphs. Students with learning disabilities in mathematics may also have difficulty understanding the instructor in class and taking notes. They may also have poor study skills and/or test anxiety.

Nolting, P. (1993) Math and students with learning disabilities. A practical guide for course substitutions. Bradenton, FL: Academic Success Press