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Can Someone with a High IQ Have a Learning Disability?


Generally, a child with high IQ is considered to be very intelligent. However, did you know that even those with high IQ can have a learning disability? Read on.


Twelve year old Akshata was always slow at work and at home. She was a good human being but unable to perform well at school and home. She was wrongly labelled as someone who is just lazy and ineffective. Slowly, she began to lose hope and confidence. She was unable to learn properly until she met a reputed doctor from her city who diagnosed her with a learning disability. That opened a new window for Akshata and her parents who began to take more interest in the actual problem.

The problem or diagnosis is not as easy as it seems. In a country with a high population like India, there are so many with learning disabilities. Sometimes children seem very intelligent like people with high IQ until time comes and one day the truth reveals itself.


Present Day Scenario

In India, the present educational system hardly offers much sympathy to those affected by learning disabilities. Although, the situation has improved, there is still work to be done. Teachers need to be made more aware about learning disabilities and the children who are affected by them. Even the so called, gifted children who have a high IQ can be affected by a learning disability. People need to realize that it is not something to be ashamed about.

Some people tend to hide their child from others when he or she has a problem which is not advisable.

The High Court of Delhi has identified dyslexia as a disability and the CBSE board has gone ahead and recognized it as impairment as well. Recently, the Supreme Court directed the CBSE to allow dyslexic children appearing for exams to use a calculator.


Prominent Examples From Over the World

Some of the most famous and successful personalities who were born with high IQ but suffered from dyslexia includes Albert Einstein, Leonardo Da Vinci and many more. Dyslexia is a learning disability.

Some of the unusually bright people can also be termed as ‘learning disabled.’

Many celebrities of today’s world have suffered learning disabilities in childhood yet they are where they are today due to various reasons. Western countries have a higher acceptance rate when it comes to diagnosing such problems due to advancements in medical sciences. It is possible to be highly gifted with a high IQ and yet face medical issues like dyslexia, ADHD and dyscalculia.


Gifted with High IQ but Learning Disabled

Those children who are gifted with high IQ could exhibit remarkable strengths in some fields and inadequacy in other areas. They may be mistaken for ‘average performers’ when in fact they are gifted but learning disabled. Their moderate grades may lead people to mistake them as average performers.

Sometimes there are very bright children who are struggling with their grades but not failing in exams. They are just managing somehow. A proper medical understanding and diagnosis can go a very long way in helping such students hence do not be hesitant to take your child to a counsellor or someone who has experience with such problems. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. Your gifted child who has a very high IQ and yet getting low score in examinations could be due to learning disability.


Conclusion

After identifying your gifted child with a high IQ as learning disabled, there are a few things you can do:
  • Focus on the gift.

  • Focus on his or her strengths

  • Help her or her choose those activities and suitable careers keeping in mind their weaknesses as well as strengths.

  • Take the help of technology for mathematics and other subjects which will improve productivity
All children are born with talents and gifts hence your child is not the only one. Meet other parents who are facing similar problems and communicate with them. A high IQ is something to be proud about and that intelligence or gift should be channelled in the right direction.


What is the possibility that children with high IQ have learning disability? What are the signs of learning disabilities in children with high IQ? How to help children with high IQ having learning disability? Discuss here.

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