Okay, ds14 (who has since turned 15) had an assessment earlier this fall because he had entered school, struggles with dysgraphia and we wanted him to get the official okay to use a computer for his written work, even in standardized exam situations where it's not normally an option. He had a WISC-IV and some sort of learning styles analysis.
Overall he was found to be moderately gifted (FSIQ 130) with "achievement scores in writing which are not congruent with his demonstrated cognitive ability." In overall written language skills he performed in the average range, but it was acknowledged that this represents a significant weakness relative to his cognitive abilities. (He also had an OT assessment which confirmed the diagnosis of moderately severe dysgraphia.) His nonverbal scores exceeded his verbal by about 10 points. None of this comes as any surprise to me.
What did surprise me was that his visual processing speed is on the 13th percentile. This seems particularly odd to me in light of the fact that he seems exceptionally adept at quickly performing all sorts of complex 3D mapping using computer algorithms and scripts (he builds maps and levels for various computer games), and is incredibly capable as a computer gamer, especially in complex real-time strategy and first-person-shooter multi-player games. He's part of an adult gaming club with all these very dedicated gaming geeks who spend hours and hours a week honing their skills, and he regularly comes out on top in games, second or third at the very worst. I guess I'm just trying to figure out how someone with such a profound relative weakness in visual processing speed could excel in tasks that seem to me to require lightning-fast visual processing. Clearly there's something I'm not understanding about the nature of processing speed....
The bottom line is that he's thriving in school, is happy and appropriately challenged, has a good self-concept, and doesn't seem to have any difficulties given that he can now use his laptop for written work. He has some anxiety, but honestly it's much much better this fall since he started school. So if there's a learning disability causing the discrepancy in scores, it might be the obstacle that's causing him to be appropriately challenged in 10th and 11th grade classes, and I wouldn't change a thing.
I'm just kind of wanting to understand the report a bit better. Can anyone help me figure this out?