specific learning difficulties, disabilities and disorders


Dyslexia in gifted children can sometimes be hard to detect. So much so, that it even has its own special name ‘stealth dyslexia’. Check out the video below to get an idea of how dyslexia can be masked in gifted children and the signs to look out for. Additionally, this is a great factsheet outlining signs of stealth dyslexia and how to recognise the condition.


The below slide show is similar to the video but goes into somewhat more depth:

Stealth Dyslexia in Gifted Children from Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide

With dyslexia comes a host of strengths as well as different preferred learning styles. Think that dyslexia could stand in your child’s way? With the right support and a healthy dollop of optimism and resilience this isn’t the case. Check out this list of famous dyslexics , including Steve Jobs and Roald Dahl; you might just be surprised!


A great article looking at dyspraxia and the gifted child. This factsheet from the NAGC is worth a read by gifted children who have dyspraxia. It also offers some recommendations of books that children may want to read for thmselves to help them understand their dyspraxia. This is a fabulous pdf. that examines both dyspraxia and dyslexia, it examines biological and cognitive issues as well as learning styles and much more.


Dysgraphia is a learning difficulty that is specifically linked to problems with handwriting. You can find out more about dysgraphia in gifted children in this article. For a more general description of dysgraphia a good definition can be found here.


Dyscalculia is a difficulty that relates to a range of maths related learning problems. For more information then look at this website. For further information and resources also check out this blog.

Central Auditory Processing Disorder

Central Auditory Processing Disorder, or CAPD, is a hearing difficulty that sometimes goes undetected. It is not something that can be diagnosed from a regular hearing test. A child with CAPD does not have a problem with their hearing, they have a problem processing the sounds they hear. This factsheet provides a wealth of information on how CAPD can present in gifted children.


Auditory processing disorder from San Diego Christian College


Sensory Processing Disorder

Sensory processing disorder and sensory integration issues relate to a difficulty regulating sensory perception. The National Association for Gifted Children have put together a great factsheet outlining sensory processing issues in the gifted child. For more information on gifted children and SPD then please have a look at this brief academic article, and for more information on the asynchronous development of gifted kids as it relates to sensory issues then click here :) .

Understanding Sensory Processing Disorder from Shari Stein Jackson




Autistic Spectrum Disorders

More coming soon!

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