Can DiGeorge syndrome and dyscalculia co-exist?

DiGeorge syndrome, also known as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, is a genetic disorder caused by a missing piece of chromosome 22. It can cause a range of physical and developmental differences, including an increased risk of learning difficulties such as dyscalculia.

Research has shown that individuals with DiGeorge syndrome may experience challenges with mathematics related tasks.  Studies have found that individuals with DiGeorge syndrome tend to have weaker visuospatial skills, which can make it more difficult to understand geometric concepts and mental maths.

Individuals with DiGeorge syndrome may also experience challenges with working memory, which is an essential cognitive function for performing maths calculations. Working memory allows us to hold information in our minds temporarily and manipulate it as needed, such as when we need to perform mental arithmetic.

DiGeorge syndrome itself may not directly cause dyscalculia, it can increase the risk of developing maths related learning difficulties. Early diagnosis and appropriate educational support can help individuals with DiGeorge syndrome overcome these challenges and succeed.


Children with DiGeorge and Dyscalculia can be supported.

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