Love it or loathe it, you just can't get away from the fact that maths matters, yet many people have a ‘difficulty’ with maths – hated it at school, couldn’t see the point – and, like all skills, it is a matter of use it or lose it.
Few adults practise the maths of fractions or algebra after leaving school; indeed, in 1995 a study on behalf of the Basic Skills Agency of 1,714 adults aged 35 years found that just under a quarter had such low numeracy skills that completing everyday tasks successfully would be difficult.
However, dyscalculia is more than just a difficulty with learning maths skills as Dr Steve Chinn explains.
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