Specific Learning Disorder With Impairment in Mathematics

Specific Learning Disorder (SLD) with Impairment in Mathematics

SLD with impairment in mathematics includes possible deficits in:

  • Number sense
  • Memorization of arithmetic facts
  • Accurate or fluent calculation
  • Accurate math reasoning


Warning Signs and Symptoms

An SLD with impairment in mathematics, like all specific learning disorders, impacts upon all aspects of an individual’s life. SLDs are present in all ethnic and language groups, and may disrupt a child’s home life, education, behaviour, and social life. At home, children with a SLD with impairment in mathematics face many of the same difficulties they do in school. Trouble calculating impairs simple tasks like going to the store, organizational difficulties when assigned tasks to be performed at particular times difficulties managing home-work or organizing schedules may impact negatively upon home life. At school, they have trouble completing math or science class work and assignments, and may often miss valuable information due to inability to process logical problems and formulae.

An assessment is a necessary step before decisions can be made about accommodation and eligibility for services. The diagnosis of an SLD with impairment in mathematics, as with all SLDs, is conducted by a qualified assessor who is registered in the province to complete assessments. The diagnostic criteria for SLD are described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition Revised (DSM-V).  If you suspect you or your child may have a SLD please contact the office to speak about assessment options.