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Dyscalculia in Early Adulthood: Implications for Numerical Activities of Daily Living

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Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Leiden University, 2333 AK Leiden, The Netherlands
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Babylab, University of Padova, 35131 Padova, Italy
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Clinical Neuropsychology and Adult Dyslexia Unit, Neurology Department, Arcispedale S. Maria Nuova, 42123 Reggio Emilia, Italy
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IRCCS San Camillo Hospital, 30126 Venezia, Italy
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Department of Developmental Psychology and Socialisation, University of Padova, 35131 Padova, Italy
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Department of Neuroscience, University of Padova, 35128 Padova, Italy
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Padova Neuroscience Center, University of Padova, 35131 Padova, Italy
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editors: Liane Kaufmann, Laura Zamarian, Guilherme Wood and Elise Klein
Brain Sci. 2022, 12(3), 373; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12030373
Received: 30 January 2022 / Revised: 4 March 2022 / Accepted: 9 March 2022 / Published: 11 March 2022
Numerical abilities are fundamental in our society. As a consequence, poor numerical skills might have a great impact on daily living. This study analyzes the extent to which the numerical deficit observed in young adults with Developmental Dyscalculia (DD) impacts their activities of everyday life. For this purpose, 26 adults with DD and 26 healthy controls completed the NADL, a standardized battery that assesses numerical skills in both formal and informal contexts. The results showed that adults with DD had poorer arithmetical skills in both formal and informal settings. In particular, adults with DD presented difficulties in time and measure estimation as well as money usage in real-world numerical tasks. In contrast, everyday tasks regarding distance estimation were preserved. In addition, the assessment revealed that adults with DD were aware of their numerical difficulties, which were often related to emotional problems and negatively impacted their academic and occupational decisions. Our study highlights the need to design innovative interventions and age-appropriate training for adults with DD to support their numerical skills as well as their social and emotional well-being. View Full-Text
Keywords: developmental dyscalculia; NADL; numerical activities; daily living; lifespan skills developmental dyscalculia; NADL; numerical activities; daily living; lifespan skills
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Vigna, G.; Ghidoni, E.; Burgio, F.; Danesin, L.; Angelini, D.; Benavides-Varela, S.; Semenza, C. Dyscalculia in Early Adulthood: Implications for Numerical Activities of Daily Living. Brain Sci. 2022, 12, 373. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12030373

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Vigna G, Ghidoni E, Burgio F, Danesin L, Angelini D, Benavides-Varela S, Semenza C. Dyscalculia in Early Adulthood: Implications for Numerical Activities of Daily Living. Brain Sciences. 2022; 12(3):373. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12030373

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Vigna, Giulia, Enrico Ghidoni, Francesca Burgio, Laura Danesin, Damiano Angelini, Silvia Benavides-Varela, and Carlo Semenza. 2022. "Dyscalculia in Early Adulthood: Implications for Numerical Activities of Daily Living" Brain Sciences 12, no. 3: 373. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci12030373

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