Kids who find maths tough need more help
CBBC Newsround UK: 11th September, 2003.
Kids who find maths difficult may be struggling because
of the way their brains work out the numbers.
A new study has shown that around 5% of children suffer
from something called dyscalculia - which makes it hard
to do even simple sums.
It's a bit like dyslexia - where people get letters mixed up
and find it difficult to read - but it's nowhere near as well-known.
Experts reckon that if children were given more help, perhaps being
allowed to use calculators more, then they wouldn't find maths
lessons so tough.
Professor Brian Butterworth, an expert on the way we think, said teachers
and parents and other kids often think sufferers are stupid, even though
they definitely aren't.
The scientist added that some people with dyscalculia are really good
at doing very complicated maths, but still need help with the basics.