The Gifted/Learning Disabled: An Oxymoron?

  • Ruth B. Spodak


The complexities of the problems faced by the gifted/learning disabled individual are best expressed in a statement by clinician, Bobbie H. Jones (1986), “After twenty-three years in the pursuit of identification and remediation of the individual with learning problems, I can state with conviction that the gifted dyslexic is the most regularly misunderstood, poorly diagnosed, and ineffectively helped of any of those who ask us for assistance.” Nevertheless, a significant portion of the population, both professionals as well as lay people, continue to hold the belief that, by definition, a gifted person cannot be learning disabled, and similarly, that a person who has been identified as learning disabled cannot also, be gifted.


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