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Young Families: Researchers: Math Is Tougher for Kids Born Prematurely
Source: ABC News Radio

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(LONDON) -- Being born too soon could put children at a disadvantage when it comes time to learn math.

At least that's the conclusion of child psychologists from the University of Warwick and Ruhr-University Bochum.

They decided to test a theory that preemies, that is, those born prematurely, develop a cognitive impairment called dyscalculia. Despite a child's overall intelligence, those with dyscalculia tend to have a difficulties figuring out math problems.

After studying the intelligence and learning capabilities of more than 900 children ages seven through nine, the psychologists discovered that those who were born under 32 weeks -- so-called preterm and small-for-gestational-age children -- often have problems in math.

Co-author Dieter Wolke, of Warwick, wrote, "Teachers should be aware of these children’s problems and need to work on ways of math instruction that help preterm children deal with the high cognitive workload and integration of information required for mathematical tasks in school."

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

 

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