By: Vijay Garg

Students with special needs may forget mathematical formulas and rules
Identifying a lack of specialized skills is the first step teachers take when they try to develop appropriate instructions for children who are unable to learn basic mathematics or applied mathematics.
Special Education Authorities typically use standardized diagnostic tests, inspections, and analyzes of student work to identify specific areas of weakness.
Teachers then develop instructions and choose the right strategies.
Are you worried that your child’s learning disability may be in math?  Talk to your child’s teacher, principal, or school counselor if they have any signs of learning disabilities involved in this review.
Learning Disabilities in Basic Math
Children with learning disabilities may have difficulty remembering math facts, problem-solving steps, complex rules and formulas.  They may struggle to understand the meaning of mathematical facts, operations, and formulas.
Such children struggle to solve problems quickly and effectively or focus on detail and accuracy.  They may have difficulty responding mentally to computers and fail to understand the rules of mathematics.
Learning Disabilities in Applied Math
Students with learning disabilities in applied mathematics may fail to understand how problem-solving steps are needed and how rules and formulas affect numbers and problem-solving processes.
As a result, they may get lost in the problem-solving process and find themselves unable to apply mathematical skills to new problem-solving situations.
Remembering and following the multi-step instructions can be especially challenging for these children.  In some cases, they can be faulty while poorly handled due to poor handling.
They may also be unable to jump locally in problem-solving based on past learning or experience inability to find important information in a word problem.  Choosing the right problem-solving strategy to solve the right problems will affect these children as well.
While their peers may be able to find errors in their work or identify mistakes made to solve the problem, it will be impossible or frustrating for them to do so.
Parents and teachers can identify student struggles when evaluating their work or refer them directly to such problems.
Behavioral problems
Some students with learning disabilities in mathematics may work to avoid doing math.  If a normally well-behaved child is working in a math class, there may be a reason for learning disability.  Some students with disabilities will not work but will drop out of the math class due to illness or returning to class from teachers or peers.
The next step
As you follow these challenges in your child’s work, share this information with your teachers to develop the right training strategies that target your child’s specific needs.  You can also ask your child where he or she feels he or she is struggling the most in math and request that he or she be assessed.
If you suspect your child has a learning disability in basic or applied math, talk to a school faculty member once.  Remember that early intervention is needed. Instead of ignoring the problem, it is best to address it immediately to prevent your child’s grade and self-esteem from taking a toll.

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