Non Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD) refers to impairment in the ability of an individual to learn information, which is presented visually. Although people with these type of learning disorders tend to have exceptional ability to remember words and cite information by rote, theirmemory for non-verbal information, for example the meaning of facial expressions, is impaired because the brain of the person does not process this information.Read Testimonials on Focus ADHD
The memory effects of a non verbal learning disability not only affect the person socially, but also in school and work settings. These types of learning disabilities are commonly misdiagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Asperger's Disorder. If one suspects a person has a non verbal learning disability, a neuropsychological evaluation is advised to avoid a mistake in diagnosis so effective treatment and rehabilitative interventions are implemented to lessen the effect of the learning disability on the person's daily life.
The Symptoms of a Non Verbal Learning Disability
A person with a visual learning disability tends to have difficulties in the following areas:
When one looks at these symptoms, it is easy to see why these learning disabilities are commonly misdiagnosed, as the characteristics of NVLD are similar to other disorders and disabilities.
If one suspects they or a loved one has a NVLD, the person should seek an evaluation by a psychologist familiar with learning disabilities and other disorders, which affect memory, thought, and learning. The psychologist will conduct a comprehensive interview and administer a battery of tests. A NVLD diagnosis is made when there is a significant difference between the person's verbal IQ and performance IQ along with deficiencies on subscales related to visual spatial ability and non verbal memory. Based on the findings of the evaluation, the psychologist will recommend treatment interventions.
Liza Little, P. D. (1999, July). The Misunderstood Child: The child with a Non Verbal Learning Disability.
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