NVLD or Reading Disability?
Joined: Aug 20, 2006
Posted Sep 22, 2006 at 11:15:43 PM
Subject: NVLD or Reading Disability?
Was wondering if people with experience in testing profiles of NVLD and RD could help me out a bit.
I've been diagnosed as severely ADHD at 25 after dropping out of a top university graduate program due to academic difficulties. Turns out everyone in my immediate family suffers from severe ADHD. The diagnosis seems to fit well, and I have responded well to medication and cognitive behavioral therapy.
But one of my primary problems has been with reading. I process it SO slowly compared to everything else. It's hard to tell if that's an issue with my mental hyperactivity (I speak and think so quickly that it's hard even for me to keep up- I think that's common in ADHD, right?) or if it's a different processing issue. My reading comprehension and speed are pretty high when normed by age, but all of my WJ-III scores are pretty low considering I have undergrad and graduate education at a snobby Ivy-ish university. I do have serious reading comprehension issues with any kind of dense text.
I've been reading up a bit on reading disorders and NVLDs, and I'm wondering if it's possible I have something along those lines going on?
So those are some of the visual-spatial things going on. But how do I know that they're not just attention issues coupled with a relatively weak (but not disabled) visual processing brain?
I went through a battery of tests for ADHD. I'll paste them below. (I should note that the WAIS was taken on 5 hours sleep and hung over. It was taken for an experiment I didn't really care about, and true to my ADHD, I demonstrated zero self-restraint the night before when a friend asked me if I wanted to go clubbing. It's considered to be a poor representation of my abilities by my test-taker and the person who has done my clinical evaluation and treatment, but I can't retake it for another 5 months)
Woodcock-Johnson III (Standard Scores: Age)
Broad Reading: 124
Broad Math: 119
Broad Written Language: 130
Wechsler Memory Scale:
California Verbal Learning Test-II Raw and (z scores)
Trials 1-5 Total T = 45
Trial B = 7(0)
Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System:
Nelson-Denny Reading Test
Also, why would my Coding, Arithmetic, and Letter-Number be so high while my CTVL and WMS be so low?
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