Until recently I thought both Giftedness and LD are one and the same .
How foolish, isn’t it ?
While we did the assessment for Ruby last year , the special educator had just briefed me on his IQ level . His mental IQ level is 140 which would have put him in the gifted range . But his expression IQ ie . Reading and writing skills are far below . Just around 90. But they highlighted mainly the learning disability .
Even then , taking the average he falls in the bright normal range (119 ) which is also above the average population .
|Classification||IQ Limits||Percent Included|
|Very Superior||128 and over||2.2|
|Defective||65 and below||2.2|
When I went to the resource at school also , the teacher wanted to list him among the gifted kids . They did not say anything about the disability. So some how I got this misconception that they are both the same . I thought they were just synonyms for being 2E ( twice exceptional).
I didn’t know there are kids who have a gifted complex brain just like that of a dyslexic and at the same time don’t have any of the problems.
( I never cared about IQ tests as a student because I never scored good or even average 😛 )
Then during one of our virtual conversations, I happened to send my son’s IQ results to my Blogger friend and homeschooler Priya .
Having an IQ of 140 puts him above 99.5 % of the population . The imbalance in the expression skills and other salient symptoms of dyslexia along with the giftedness is what created all the confusions and frustrations during his childhood.
This has lead me to an entire new area . Earlier I concentrated more on the disability part . Now only I started looking out for the signs of giftedness in my son . And they are all there .
” The giftedness mask the disability and the disability masks the giftedness . ”
Because of this Dyslexic kids always get categorised in the mediocre group . Whenever I ask his teachers they say he is okay . Because they have kids who are far expressive and capable than him and because there are more kids who are worse than him .
Priya’s revelation was something new to me . Now that I am preparing him for the exams I am relaxed . I know he can handle it and much more . And he will do well.