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What is Nonverbal Learning Difficulties (NVLD)

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What is Nonverbal Learning Difficulties (NVLD)?; Definition of Nonverbal Learning Difficulties (NVLD); What Causes Nonverbal Learning Difficulties (NVLD); Help & Advice and a booklist for Nonverbal Learning Difficulties (NVLD).


Alli Can't Write - A Storybook for Children with Handwriting Difficulties

Ally Can't Write

Ally Can’t Write


Alli Can’t Write
A Storybook for Children with
Handwriting Difficulties –
Including those with:
Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia & ADHD

This delightful fun book, with beautifully hand-drawn and creative illustrations for children ages 6 – 10 is about, an alligator, called Alli, who has problems writing and has to deal with the frustrations, shame and despair of not being able to write.

He lives in the Everglade Lakes, Florida where he goes to school with his friends; the opossums, racoons, Red-turtle and Amy-deer.

Alli has terrific ideas, but he can’t write his thoughts down on paper because of his problems with handwriting.

People with dysgraphia have difficulties, with things like writing, getting their ideas down on paper, and in the correct order (processing) particularly hard.

Skunky bullies Alli, because he can write beautifully with his tail! The book discusses how peers can be cruel to anyone that is different; it will help to explain to young children about the nature of diversity and acceptance; throughout not just in the classroom but society.

With help from loveable supportive characters; Dr Dolphin, educational psychologist, his teacher Miss Panther and Miss Snake and Mummy and Daddy-Alligator; Alli learns to overcome his difficulties with his for writing.

This book should be read by children, parents, educators, and anyone who has a loved one struggling with a learning disability. It’s a story of resilience and hope.

The author explains what dysgraphia is and provides extensive information, help, practical strategies and useful tips to help students with difficulties meet their full potential.

Maria Chivers is an International Author on Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, ADHD and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s).

The majority of the animals in this book are on the ‘Threatened or Endangered’ species list.

This exciting book is available from,  Amazon.
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Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties Book‘Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties – The Essential Guide’  

This book: ‘Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties – A Parent’s Guide’ has been very well received over the years.  It is useful for both parents and teachers. It contains extensive information on dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs).

For a fuller description of ‘Dyslexia and Other Learning Difficulties – The Essential Guide‘ please go to Amazon.

Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies

‘Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies’

This book: ‘Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies‘ contains information on a wide range of alternative therapies and the way they can help people with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia and other specific learning difficulties (SpLDs)

Available in softback or ebook.

For a fuller description of ‘Dyslexia and Alternative Therapies, please go to Jessica Kingsley Publishers.


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.



Online Information & Support

NVLD Posts

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