Is it correct to call a learning disabled person mentally challenged?
- TheBellJarLv 76 months agoFavorite Answer
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.
- Pauly WLv 76 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
- SimplytheFACTSLv 76 months ago
- hillbillyLv 76 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.
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- Spock (rhp)Lv 76 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
- LiliLv 76 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.