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Mathematics difficulties in extremely preterm children: evidence of a specific deficit in basic mathematics processing

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posted on 04.04.2013, 14:27 by Victoria Simms, Camilla Gilmore, Lucy Cragg, Neil Marlow, Dieter Wolke, Samantha Johnson
Background. Extremely preterm (EP, <26 weeks gestation) children have been observed to have poor academic achievement in comparison to their term-born peers, especially in mathematics. This study investigated potential underlying causes of this difficulty. Methods. 219 extremely preterm participants were compared with 153 term-born control children at 11 years old. All children were assessed by a psychologist on a battery of standardised cognitive tests and a number estimation test assessing children’s numerical representations. Results. EP children underperformed in all tests in comparison to the term controls (the majority of p’s<.001). Different underlying relationships between performance on the number estimation test and mathematical achievement were found in extremely preterm compared to control children. That is, even after controlling for cognitive ability, a relationship between number representations and mathematical performance persisted for EP children only (EP: r= .346, n= 186, p< .001; Control: r= .095, n=146, p= .256). Conclusion. Interventions for EP children may target improving children’s numerical representations in order to subsequently remediate their mathematical skills.
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SIMMS, V. ... et al, 2013. Mathematics difficulties in extremely preterm children: evidence of a specific deficit in basic mathematics processing. Pediatric Research, 73 (2), pp.236-244.

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2013

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This article was published in the journal, Pediatric Research [© Nature Publishing Group] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/pr.2012.157

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0031-3998

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1478-6990

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