The use of intelligence tests in the diagnosis of specific reading disability

Nancy - Mather, Deborah Schneider

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Specific reading disability has been the subject of formal academic inquiry for over a century. Throughout this period, intelligence tests have played a central, but constantly evolving role in the evaluation and diagnosis of this disorder. Within this chapter, we discuss: (a) the current definition of reading disability; (b) a brief historical perspective on the use of intelligence tests to identify and diagnose specific reading disability; (c) present day methods of diagnosing specific reading disability; (d) specific cognitive constructs and their relevance to the accurate diagnosis of reading disability; and (e) the future use of intelligence tests in the identification and diagnosis of a specific reading disability, often referred to as dyslexia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Intelligence: Evolutionary Theory, Historical Perspective, and Current Concepts
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9781493915620, 9781493915613
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Achievement testing
  • Cognitive testing
  • Dyslexia
  • Learning disability
  • Specific learning disability
  • Specific reading disability
  • Specific reading disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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