Numbers pose problems for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome children
Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) have particular difficulty understanding numbers and sequences, a University of Alberta study shows.
An assessment of 50 Canadian children diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, a condition caused by the mother's alcohol consumption while a fetus is still in the womb, revealed that the youngsters had specific deficits in memory for numbers and sequences, which may contribute to common math difficulties faced by these children. Prenatal alcohol abuse often leaves them with losses in physical, behavioural, emotional and social functioning.
The findings of the study, published in the December issue of Child Neuropsychology, may help refine assessments of