Welcome to the NLDA – Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association

NLDA

Non Verbal learning Disabilities or Disorder (NLD) refers to the condition where individuals possess high verbal ability but face problems with the Social side and always have a verbal-spatial weakness as well. This problem is far un-diagnosed one as most public schools have the reading abilities as the first indicator for performance. Also with non-verbal learning ability posing a serious threat with Social interactivity, NLD has been a highly unique challenge with parents and other adult consumers.

Typical way to find out these individuals is by an IQ test where the normal performance IQ will be slightly below their verbal IQ pertaining to the visual and spatial weakness.

First Signs of NLD at young age:

If your child starts to stay away from a group or home, gets lost easily, spills meals while eating etc. then probably these are the signs that your child might be suffering from NLD. For these children it becomes very hard to perceive the real sense of the world from their own point of view. They often possess problems with non-verbal tasks and information like pictures, puzzles and passage of time etc.

So it’s important that the child engages in more physical problem to understand more about the real world around him.

Academic troubles:

Those students with verbal disability start to endure problems when they reach the secondary school levels as the coordination and spatial problems make their writing and learning math skills difficult. Logical ordering as well as sequential ordering becomes really difficult for these students.

Furthermore as they advance into the post-secondary education phases, NLD students face greater difficulties as often the information is always presented to them in a lecture format. For them to integrate all the information that they hear and see into writing at the same time becomes extremely difficult. They face problems to distinguish helpful information from the non-helpful ones.

Emotional Social issues:

The most important area of concern for the NLD students is the social side. Due to problems with learning nonverbal skills along with spatial information’s, the individuals with NLD face social isolation. They find it difficult to interact with adults and often misread facial expressions. These often lead to problems like Anxiety and Depression at a very early age.

They cannot make sense out of voice tone, students with NLD are found to be affected in all the areas. Parents and Teachers often try to visualize the condition of these children as laziness and poor character and thereby this condition goes undiagnosed.

It is imperative that Parents and Teachers understand this situation and take care on how to treat and improve the lives of these children from a very young age. The role of society and friends can help NLD students go a long way with improving their skills and help them involve into the social strata.

If you are such a parent who can find the above mentioned symptom in your child and looking for more help, then you have landed in the perfect place. Here you will find answers to all your questions related to NLD.