What is Nonverbal Learning Difficulties (NVLD)

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What is Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD)?

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) refer to problem solving which does not directly involve the use of spoken language.

Parents and teachers should beware of a potential confusion of terminology in this area (as in others!)

These problems refer to difficulties with regard to problem-solving which does not directly involve the use of spoken language.

Examples include, problems with:

  • Handwriting.
  • Arithmetic.
  • Confusion with regard to directionality.
  • Spatial organisation.
  • Understanding maps.
  • Concepts in science and geography.

The picture can be complicated by poor short-term memory and physical co-ordination problems.

There can also be problems with regard to hyperactivity. Some individuals present as having personality and/or behaviour difficulty which can handicap them socially.

A careful consideration of the whole picture by the psychologist is essential.

Other terms used with reference to this group of difficulties include:

  • Performance Deficit
  • Right Hemisphere Syndrome
  • Strauss Syndrome.


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