How common are math disabilities?


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What Causes Learning Disabilities?

Once, scientists thought that all learning disabilities were caused by a single neurological problem. But research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has helped us see that the causes are more diverse and complex. New evidence seems to show that most learning disabilities do not stem from a single, specific area of the brain, but from difficulties in bringing together information from various brain regions.

Today, a leading theory is that learning disabilities stem from subtle disturbances in brain structures and functions. Some scientists believe that, in many cases, the disturbance begins before birth (NIMH, 1993).



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