Nonverbal Learning Disorder

Nonverbal learning disorder is a neurophysiological condition that results in both deficits and strengths in a child’s development in regards to cognition, intuitive thinking, organisation skills, processing and visual-spatial skills.  There are four main types of NLD:

  • Motor – poor coordination, balance and fine motor skills
  • Sensory – auditory, tactile, visual etc
  • Social – inability to comprehend nonverbal communication, difficulty with change
  • Visual-spatial-organisational: poor spatial perception, relations and visual recall

Assessment for NLD will look at your child’s cognitive, sensory and motor skills as well as his or her ability to process both auditory and visual-spatial information.  A multidisciplinary approach to diagnosis and treatment is important to ensure your children is best supported in all areas of their development.                                                           (Woliver, R. 2009, p. 300-303)



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