Classification and Identification of Reading and Math Disabilities -The Special Case of Comorbidity

The authors point out that much of learning disabilities research relies on categorical classification frameworks that use psychometric tests and cut points to identify children with reading or math difficulties, and there is increasing evidence that the attributes of reading and math learning disabilities are dimensional, representing correlated continua of severity. The authors discuss issues related to categorical and dimensional approaches to reading and math disabilities, and their comorbid associations, highlighting problems with the use of cut points and correlated assessments.

Branum-Martin, Lee, Fletcher, Jack M., and Stuebing, Karla K. (2013). Classification and Identification of Reading and Math Disabilities – The Special Case of Comorbidity. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 46, 490-499.

About rickyWburk

Ricky W. Burk, CCC-SLP, BCS-F, is a speech-language pathologist who provides in-home therapy for adolescents and adults residing in Tennessee and Mississippi who stutter. His career includes PreK, elementary, middle, and high school practice, undergraduate & graduate faculty appointments, skilled nursing, national & international consultation, private practice, and national & international speaking presentations. He holds the American Speech-Language Hearing Association Certificate of Clinical Competence, and he is a Board Certified Specialist in Fluency Disorders. He is the ASHA Continuing Education Administrator for the National Association for Speech Fluency.
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