There is no correlation between “intelligence” and “learning disabilities”. Don’t be afraid of finding out IF you have a learning disability — because it does NOT mean you are dumb or unintelligent.
There are many geniuses with LD!
To help you understand what’s involved in testing and assessing learning disabilities, I recommend you read this short article from the Learning Disabilities Association of America.
It discusses assessment and provides two good lists:
(1) Questions to ask the professional who is assessing your LD
(2) A checklist of identified LD characteristics you can review.
Here are some key notes from the article to remember:
- While individuals with learning disabilities have average or above average intelligence, they do not necessarily excel in employment, education, and/or life situations at the same level as their peers.
- An adult with learning disabilities may exhibit some of these characteristics, but not necessarily all of them.
- If an individual exhibits several or many of these characteristics to such a degree that they cause problems in work, school, or everyday life, he or she might benefit from an assessment by a qualified professional.
The checklist was adapted from lists of learning disabilities’ characteristics developed by the following organizations:
Learning Disabilities Association of America, For Employers… A Look at Learning Disabilities, ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education, Examples of Learning Disability Characteristics; The International Dyslexia Association’s Annals of Dyslexia; and the Council for Learning Disabilities, Infosheet.
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