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Old 04-27-2008, 12:52 AM   #1
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What this means to someone new who has no idea

Among the many medical problems I have experienced over the course of the last 3 years I have sought to understand (check my CFS posts) the cognitive difficulties I am having. In so doing I got professionally tested for a learning disability and was told I was twice exceptional with an IQ of 142. In language and reasoning I scored in the to 99.7% of the population and in reading comprehension I scored in the 1% (no joke). Essentially what it boils down to is that I have high natural abilities and a severe disability (sequential processing disorder I believe).

Having a high IQ is nice, and doing well in university was nice but in truth it was a struggle that no one understands. My tester was jumping out of her skin telling me the news of how apparently smart I am and how good I should feel but I don't. If my disability prevents me from doing what I want I may as well be a Porsche with a missing tire. I'm not going anywhere.

Are there any other twice exceptional stories out there? Excuse my ignorance.

 
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Old 04-28-2008, 03:23 PM   #2
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Re: What this means to someone new who has no idea

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Among the many medical problems I have experienced over the course of the last 3 years I have sought to understand (check my CFS posts) the cognitive difficulties I am having. In so doing I got professionally tested for a learning disability and was told I was twice exceptional with an IQ of 142. In language and reasoning I scored in the to 99.7% of the population and in reading comprehension I scored in the 1% (no joke). Essentially what it boils down to is that I have high natural abilities and a severe disability (sequential processing disorder I believe).

Having a high IQ is nice, and doing well in university was nice but in truth it was a struggle that no one understands. My tester was jumping out of her skin telling me the news of how apparently smart I am and how good I should feel but I don't. If my disability prevents me from doing what I want I may as well be a Porsche with a missing tire. I'm not going anywhere.

Are there any other twice exceptional stories out there? Excuse my ignorance.
I think it's more common than you may think. I work with one such student.

To put it into layman's terms, he "gets" a lot of things, but when it comes time to put those same things to paper or practical application - he just can't. So, we've been teaching him strictly through auditory means, but I fear that won't help him much in the long run. He really is a very bright child!

Like spelling. He can spell a work out loud such as "cat" - C A T but when you place a pencil in his hand and tell him to write the word "cat" he starts with a "t" because that's the last sound he hears.

He is by all conventional definitions - illiterate. He couldn't fill out a questionnaire if his life depended on it.

We don't know why this is and I've heard his mom is taking him to a specialist to find out what's going on.. but it's almost like a disconnect between auditory and manipulation. Even when he tries to read something, you can see he knows what he's reading, but can't verbalize - almost like a stroke sufferer.

Anyway, I hope things work out for you. I can understand a bit where you're coming from and it has to be maddening knowing something, but not being able to produce that knowledge in every way possible. Hang in there and I hope you can find some answers!

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Old 09-03-2008, 10:09 PM   #3
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Re: What this means to someone new who has no idea

I have the same thing. I have an IQ of 140 with Dyslexia as a learning disability. I also had trouble with reading comprehension. I have trouble with saying the correct words yet some times I can describe things clearly and surprise my self. I learned to use tools in my favor. I use a computer with a spell checker and a dictionary for writing. Sometimes I can not believe myself when I am looking up the same word for the hundredth time yet I can not for the life of me remember the spelling.
In a situation where reading comprehension is so low I would use books on tape or tools such as a text reader on the computer.
their are web pages dedicated to being twice exceptional and many books. A good book on the subject is "Uniquely gifted: Identifying and meeting the Needs of the Twice-Exceptional Student. Edited by Keisa Kay.
Their are many people who over come their learning issues and are doing very well in their careers.
Hope this helps.

 
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