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Math Learning Disability

A study was made of data obtained by a search of many different public records of 5718 children in Rochester, Minnesota above age 5. Three different measures of Math LD (regression-based discrepancy, nonregression-based discrepancy, low achievement) were used. It was found that Math LD:

  • Is common (5.9% to 13.8%) among schoolchildren,
  • Is significantly more frequent (1.6 to 2.2 times more likely) among boys than girls, regardless of measurement method.
  • Many (35% to 56.7%) children with Math LD do not have an associated reading disorder. The percentage range gives the minimum and maximum of the 3 evaluation criteria.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

If you have a child with ADHD symptoms, recent research has good news about value of playing computer games. Children with ADHD:

  • are much like those children without ADHD with respect to the amount of motor movement and distractibility when playing video games.
  • Showed increased math performance, decreased off-task and disruptive behaviour, and increased active engagement compared to the traditional classroom lesson.

Many autistic children are superior mathematicians but some have real problems memorizing a bunch of facts. Amoeba Math is just the ticket for these children.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

Computer-assisted instruction has shown advantages over personal instruction for some children with ASD.

  • Children with ASD were more interested in computers than toys and liked computer instruction better than personal instruction.
  • Some children with ASD appear to be more attentive and less resistant to computers than to teachers.
  • Some children with ASD also show superior learning results.

Dislexia

There are few research articles on dislexia and math and even fewer math games for dislexics. The main math difficulty appears to be with sequences and other things having to do with order. Luckily addition and multiplication are commutative so it doesn’t matter if the addtion problem is 2+3 or 3+2 or the multiplication problem is 2×3 or 3×2, the answer is the same. However subtraction and division are not commutative, so they may present a problem. Also, if the answer is two digits a dislexic child may reverse the digits.

Discalculia / Disgraphia

Amoeba Math only requires that answers be typed. That should not be a problem for most disgraphic children. You must also use the direction arrows to move the man up, down, left, and right, and the w,s,a,d keys to throw the eraser up, down, left, and right; and you must do this rapidly. This may be difficult for children with severe motor skill problems. Amoeba Math is so much fun that children want to play it over and over. Your child should enjoy the same gains playing Amoeba Math as any other child.