Nonverbal Learning Disabilities


Children with learning disabilities often have to go through stressful situations at home or at school and they usually have to suffer in silence. Amongst the various learning disorders that a child has to suffer from, Nonverbal learning disability (NLD) is one type of disability that often goes undetected until the child reaches middle school.

Such children somehow are able to manage through pre-school and elementary school, but later on, the nature of their disability becomes apparent. If your child is unable to make friends and is poor at math and physical co-ordination, there is a chance that he or she may be suffering from nonverbal learning disability (NVLD).

NVLD is a peculiar neurological condition in which a child is able to develop verbal and speech related skills such as spelling and reading from an early age and also have an unusual ability to remember by rote. On the other side, the child suffers from other disorders such as the inability to grasp mathematics, a lack of motor and visual-spatial skills and poor social interaction skills.

One of the characteristics that need to be mentioned about children with NVLD is that they have this unusual ability to remember by rote and this is evident from a very early age. The child at that age is often understood to be gifted and precocious. The child’s tendency to speak clearly and vividly from an early age often helps to reinforce the impression of the child’s abilities.

However, the fact that the child may have difficulty in tasks such as tying shoelaces or kicking a football and the inability to adjust to social situations often illustrates that the child has a learning disorder.

There is always a danger that such a child may land up internalizing his or her feeling and become isolated and emotionally withdrawn. Such children have special needs that teachers, parents and the society at large needs to recognize.