Message modified by board administrator 11/28/2009, 5:33 pm
While there can certainly be an overlap between gifted-LD and Aspergerís, the two disorders are not directly related. Although both disorders may involve various forms of giftedness, Aspergerís predominately involves severe deficiencies in social skills whereas LD involves severe deficiencies in academic skills. Naturally, some students with Aspergerís disorder will experience academic struggles similar to those of LD students, and conversely, some gifted-LD students will demonstrate relative difficulty with social skills. Much confusion related to the Aspergerís/LD overlap involves the term ďnonverbal learning disabilityĒ or NLD. It has been found that a subset of students who display the social characteristics of Aspergerís disorder also demonstrate difficulty with nonverbal information processing skills similar to that encountered by certain LD students. While some professionals identify such students with Aspergerís disorder and simply note the related nonverbal processing issues (and possible academic deficits), others choose not to identify the Aspergerís at all and simply identify the student as NLD. In such situations the chosen label is probably less important than simply identifying the most significant needs of the student and providing appropriate support and services.