what are nonverbal learning difficulties


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 and/or arithmetic; confusion with regard to directionality and/or spatial organisation; problems understanding maps or 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.