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Is it correct to call a learning disabled person mentally challenged?

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  • 6 months ago
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    It is possible to be both gifted and learning disabled. It's called twice exceptional. It's possible to have an extremely high IQ and have ADHD, Aspergers, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalclia. It you are "twice exceptional" it usually means you are very talented in some areas but lacking in your area of disability.

    I have ADHD and Dyspraxia but I have a masters degree with honours so no I don't think that is an appropriate way to talk at all. Just say learning disability.

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  • 6 months ago

    I agree with hillbilly not all of them, I was in Special Education all of my school years and where I am from they call it learning disabled/disabilities. Sometimes EEN, which means Exceptional Educational Needs. However, mentally challenged is a whole lot better then saying mental R****d

    • Lili
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      6 months agoReport

      "Mental" and "intellectual" are not synonyms in this context.

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  • 6 months ago

    no................................

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  • 6 months ago

    Not all of them. I was a Special Education Teacher in grades 7-12, and low I.Q. is NOT THE ONLY thing which makes a person have problems in learning. Look it all up.

    • Lili
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      6 months agoReport

      That wasn't the question.

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  • 6 months ago

    that is politically improper. the correct phrase is "a person with learning disabilities" .. and only when the qualifying bit about disabilities is needed

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  • Lili
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    6 months ago

    No. "Mentally" implies mental illness. You could use the term "intellectually challenged," but most people I know use "learning challenged". My sister works in this field, as a social worker and counselor, and that's the term she uses. "Learning disabled" is also common.

    Having a learning disability says nothing about your mental health, while "intellectually challenged" is really used more of people with disorders like Down Syndrome.

    • TheBellJar
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      6 months agoReport

      Having a specific learning disability says nothing about your overall intelligence as well.

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