These disorders are intrinsic to the individual and presumed to be due to central nervous system dysfunction.
A learning disability may occur concomitantly with other handicapping conditions such as sensory impairment, mental retardation, social and emotional disturbance.
Dyscalculia-which is defined as a mathematics disability resulting from neurological dysfunction-can be as complex and damaging as a reading disability, which tends to be more routinely diagnosed.
According to The Math Page web site, being classified with dyscalculia means having: "intellectual functioning that falls within or above the normal range and a significant discrepancy between his/her age and math skills (usually two years or more).
If he can learn to use drawing to express math, he may grasp concepts more easily.
Exercises that include memory aids and thinking strategies might also be useful.
According to the National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center, "it is estimated that 50 percent to 80 percent of students in Adult Basic Education and literacy programs are affected by learning disabilities," (1995, p. The implications of such a staggering statistic for the adult basic education (ABE) teacher are worth further investigation.