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What IQ does my child have to have in order to have a learning disability?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Not defined by IQ

The concept of a learning disability implies a child has an IQ in a normal range but has a decreased ability to handle a specified learning process compaired to age equivalent kids.
This can be weakness in reading, math, memory for sequences, etc.. Individualized test can detect strengths & weaknesses and are the starting point for deciding how to help them. Low IQ implies weakness in everything.

In brief: Not defined by IQ

The concept of a learning disability implies a child has an IQ in a normal range but has a decreased ability to handle a specified learning process compaired to age equivalent kids.
This can be weakness in reading, math, memory for sequences, etc.. Individualized test can detect strengths & weaknesses and are the starting point for deciding how to help them. Low IQ implies weakness in everything.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Not related

IQ and learning disabilities are not related.
Learning disability refers to a lack of a specific skill. While the subtests of standardized IQ tests such as the WISC-IV may be low and consistent with a particular learning disability, all of the subtests may be in the average range and a child may still have a disability related to reading, math, executive function etc.

In brief: Not related

IQ and learning disabilities are not related.
Learning disability refers to a lack of a specific skill. While the subtests of standardized IQ tests such as the WISC-IV may be low and consistent with a particular learning disability, all of the subtests may be in the average range and a child may still have a disability related to reading, math, executive function etc.
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology

In brief: IQ Disability

The iq test is the cornerstone of any psychological test battery.
Depending on how the psychologist diagnoses learning disorders, usually we look for discrepancies between iq and academic abilities (iq > academics) in order to start thinking about whether a learning disability exists. There is no "cookbook" recipe for doing so.

In brief: IQ Disability

The iq test is the cornerstone of any psychological test battery.
Depending on how the psychologist diagnoses learning disorders, usually we look for discrepancies between iq and academic abilities (iq > academics) in order to start thinking about whether a learning disability exists. There is no "cookbook" recipe for doing so.
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Back in the day, schools tested IQ, processing & achievement. Now they test nothing till RTI shows lack of progress. I liked the old way.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Back in the day, schools tested IQ, processing & achievement. Now they test nothing till RTI shows lack of progress. I liked the old way.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Average to above avg

Learning disabilities are defined as unexpected difficulties learning in a child with an average to above average iq.
A significant discrepancy between iq & achievement scores on standardized tests used to determine eligilibility for "special ed." now it is determined by a student's lack of adequate "response to intervention" when educational help is provided over a specific time.

In brief: Average to above avg

Learning disabilities are defined as unexpected difficulties learning in a child with an average to above average iq.
A significant discrepancy between iq & achievement scores on standardized tests used to determine eligilibility for "special ed." now it is determined by a student's lack of adequate "response to intervention" when educational help is provided over a specific time.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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