Title: Mathematical disabilities in young primary school children with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome
Authors: De Smedt, Bert ×
Swillen, Ann
Devriendt, Koenraad
Fryns, Jean-Pierre
Verschaffel, Lieven
Ghesquière, Pol #
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Edition médicine et hygiène
Series Title: Genetic Counseling vol:17 issue:3 pages:259-280
Abstract: The aim of the present study was to examine the previously reported mathematical disabilities (MD) of children with Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome (VCFS) in children of a younger age range. Fourteen children with VCFS (aged 6-10 years) participated in this study. These children were individually matched on sex, IQ, age and parental educational level to a control group of peers, selected from the same classes. A broad range of mathematical abilities were assessed, comprising number reading and writing, number comparison, counting, single-digit arithmetic, multidigit arithmetic and word problem solving. Consistent with previous reports, children with VCFS were significantly slower in counting numerosities and they tended to perform more poorly on number comparison. These results indicate that difficulties in low-level number processing in children with VCFS occur already at a very young age. Furthermore, children with VCFS demonstrated preserved retrieval of arithmetic facts, but, in contrast to older children with VCFS, no procedural difficulties in mathematics were observed. Finally, word problem solving appeared to be an important area of weakness, starting already at this young age.
ISSN: 1015-8146
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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Parenting and Special Education
Education and Training
Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
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