Numbers scare kids more than words

London, Jun 9 | Updated: Jun 11 2008, 03:46am hrs
Number blindness, a disorder that renders people incapable of understanding mathematics, is more common among kids than word blindness or dyslexia, a new study has claimed.

Researchers at University College London have based their conclusion on the study of 1,500 school students in Cuba using a simple screening test. The study found that between three and six per cent of children suffer from dyscalculia, the mathematical equivalent of dyslexia, compared to between 2.5 and 4.3 per cent of kids who suffer from its linguistic counterpart.

According to the study's lead author Brian Butterworth, the disability had nothing to do with how a child was taught, but was the result of children lacking a proper sense of numbers, which hinders them in maths lessons.