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Son dyslexic but told he doesn't have an LD?

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Posted Jul 29, 2011 at 6:03:09 PM
Subject: Son dyslexic but told he doesn't have an LD?

Greetings! My almost 14 y/o was tested for the first time since he was about 4. At that time we were told he had all the signs of dyslexia but, due to his age, they couldn't say he was dyslexic. He was also labeled developmentally delayed with regard to motor skills and speech. He has been homeschooled his entire life.

I just received his scores. I was told he does not have a LD because the true definition of an LD is someone that has an IQ that is higher than their academic achievement. My son apparently has a low IQ and high achievement. Having said that, the evaluator feels my son is dyslexic, has a visual processing disorder and is dysgraphic but still insists he doesn't have a LD. In the paperwork, it clearly states he does NOT have a LD.

When I look at his scores and the evaluators summary, there are constant references to his results being "extremely rare." I am not sure what to make of any of this.

His Full IQ is only 86 with a +/- of 5. The evaluator said he feels this should be much higher and is perplexed.

There is a 47 point difference between his verbal Comprehension Index (112) and his Perceptual Reasoning Index (65). The summary says "the difference in magnitude in extremely rare, occurring in 0.2% of the population.

The rest of the scores are similar and all state that difference between them are either rare or extremely rare and only 3% to 7% of the population test this way.

How do I even take this? Is my son really some type of anomaly? He clearly has problems but those problems aren't really LD?

The only recommendations the evaluator could give me was to keep doing what I am doing because it is obviously working since my son scored so high academically. I don't even get how he can say that when there is an entire paragraph talking about his "numerous weaknesses."

Any opinions on this would be greatly appreciated!


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Posted:Aug 01, 2011 12:58:23 AM

When there is such a large discrepancy between scores, FSIQ scores should be interpreted cautiously. Take a look at this article on Test and measurements:


While perhaps not meeting the strict definition of having an LD, your child has definite strengths and weaknesses that need to be addressed.

You might also find this article informative:

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