How rare is gifted/dyslexic?

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Registered: 10-23-2000
How rare is gifted/dyslexic?
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Tue, 09-14-2010 - 2:55pm

The gifted and dyslexic combination comes up pretty frequently on this board, so I've always assumed it might be uncommon but not rare.

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Registered: 08-04-2003
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 3:07pm

2 of my 3 brothers we're labeled as GC. 1 brother had ADD/ADHD and the other brother is also dyslexic and some other LD that is not coming to mind.

That's my only experience, no ideas about facts or percentages.

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Tue, 09-14-2010 - 8:40pm

Unsure, but I have one.

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Registered: 04-16-2001
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 9:48am

This is an interesting question but not very easy to answer.

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Registered: 06-01-1999
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 11:05am

I've never come across any statistics on it. Our DS has always been "suspected" of being dyslexic. His preschool through 3rd grade teachers all brought it up independantly because they noticed a real mismatch in DS's oral work (which is substantial in an immersion program) and his written work. However,

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Registered: 05-18-2006
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 6:36pm
We were just discussing this at the dinner table tonight. My daughter's college professor is dyslexic along with of her friends earning his Masters Degree in Science right now. The sad part is the public school basically kicked him out. Thank God his parents had options and now our society will benefit. I am sorry I do not know a stat but it does not surprise me that highly intelligent people might be dyslexic.

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Registered: 03-29-2003
Wed, 09-15-2010 - 7:53pm

DS wasn't "officially" diagnosed til 7th grade.

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Registered: 11-10-2003
Thu, 09-16-2010 - 8:21pm
I have done a lot of reading about 2E children. From what I have read, learning disabilities occur at the same rate for gifted children as non-gifted children. However, gifted children are under-diagnosed and under-served. I would assume this would apply to Dyslexia. I would like to see a 2E board here at ivillage. Anybody else?
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Registered: 02-24-2001
Sat, 09-18-2010 - 6:25pm

It is actually far more common than you think by simple definition. I have a friend whose son has a low IQ and difficulty learning to read. Turns out, they refused to diagnose him with a learning disability because to qualify, your reading ability must be 1 or 2 stanines below your IQ. So, since her son had an IQ of 80, he was already in a lower stanine so his particularly low reading ability did not qualify him. On the other hand, a child with an overall IQ of 160 with the reading at 120 would qualify. SO, the higher the IQ, the higher the chance of a learning disability. Dyslexia simply means dys...for dysfunction basically and lexia is for reading.

I hope that helps!