In addition to high anxiety, he has difficulty mastering the basic counting sequence and math facts in the four basic operations.He also experiences difficulty in placing basic facts into Timothy's instructor might decide to capitalize on his intrinsic learning style: Is he a tactile, visual learner?On the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE), Timothy scored 8.1 in reading and 8.9 in language.In math overall, he scored only a 2.3, indicating a significant discrepancy.Bernadette had always envisioned returning to school, but life's responsibilities never allowed her the time to do so.During her first meeting with the counselor, Bernadette admitted to having always been in a special class where she was "stupid in math." The results of the TABE revealed a discrepancy between her math and reading/language scores.These disorders are intrinsic to the individual and presumed to be due to central nervous system dysfunction.
Although many definitions of the term exist, the Interagency Committee on Learning Disabilities' definition, as accepted by the National Adult Literacy and Learning Disabilities Center, will be used as a framework in this article."Learning disabilities is a generic term that refers to a heterogeneous group of disorders manifested by significant difficulties in acquisition and use of listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning, or mathematical abilities, or of social skills.According to Garnett (1992), the difficulty is manifested in conceptual understanding, counting sequences, written number symbol systems, the language of math, basic number facts, procedural steps of computation, application of arithmetic skills, and problem-solving."Mathematics learning disabilities do not often occur with clarity and simplicity.The term learning disabilities is often misused and applied to students who learn in different ways.Some people think of learning disabilities as something of short duration that can be cured with help.