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A systematic procedure for identifying and classifying children with Dyscalculia among primary school children in India

A systematic procedure for identifying and classifying children with Dyscalculia
among primary school children in India

Dr. S. Ramaa, Reader in Special Education, Regional Institute of Education, Mysore-570 006, India

Dr. I.P. Gowramma, Research Associate, Indo-USA Project, Mysore, India

Abstract

This paper describes the procedures adopted by two independent studies in India for identifying and classifying children with dyscalculia in primary schools. For determining the presence of dyscalculia both inclusionary and exclusionary criteria were used. When other possible causes of arithmetic failure had been excluded, figures for dyscalculia came out as 5.98% (15 cases out of 251) in one study and 5.54% (78 out of 1408) in the second. It was found in the latter study that 40 out of the 78 (51.27%) also had reading and writing problems. The findings are discussed in the light of previous studies.

Keywords: learning disability; dyscalculia; India

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A systematic procedure for identifying and classifying children with Dyscalculia among primary school children in India