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
Subtitle of host publicationEvolutionary Theory, Historical Perspective, and Current Concepts
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781493915620
ISBN (Print)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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