Non-Verbal Learning Disorder

Nonverbal learning disorder involves difficulty understanding nonverbal cues. Students with this condition tend to have higher verbal and receptive language abilities, but problems with social, motor and visual-spatial skills. As a result, the student has difficulty recognizing and understanding body language, tone of voice, facial expressions and other forms of nonverbal communication.

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It is often difficult to diagnose nonverbal learning disorder, because it is accompanied by stronger verbal and receptive language abilities. The disorder is usually diagnosed during middle school, when learning shifts toward increasingly frequent and complex written expression, reading comprehension and the use of graphs, charts, geometry, and maps.

  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsDifficulty recognizing and understanding facial expressions, body language, tone of voice and other nonverbal cues.
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsChallenges with tasks that require fine motor skills such as drawing, writing and even buttoning a shirt.
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsPoor psycho-motor coordination, leading to bumping into people and perceived “clumsiness.”
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsChallenges generalizing information after it’s learned, and following multi-step procedures.
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsTrouble adjusting to routing changes and transitions.
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsExperience of an "illusion of competence" because the child has higher, well-functioning verbal learning skills.
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsDifficulties with figurative or idiomatic language.
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsRepetition of activities, for example asking too many questions, which may sometimes disrupt classes.

As with other learning challenges, nonverbal learning disability has no cure but can be well-managed, with coordinated help from parents, family, friends, teachers, colleagues, and others.

Some ways to help a child with nonverbal learning disability include:

  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsEncouraging more verbal communication
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsBreaking down, and explaining in detail, abstract concepts, metaphors, idioms, and nuances
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsMinimizing the number of transitions and changes in routine
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsUnderstanding that generalization of ideas or instructions—understanding that a specific idea can apply more generally as well--cannot be assumed
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsExplicitly answering questions, when possible
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsLimiting the number of activities when the student feels overloaded
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsEncouraging creative programming
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsProviding verbal explanations when an individual is confused
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsPreparing students in advance with verbal communication before any changes are implemented
  • NonVerbal Learning Disorder, Themba TutorsEnsuring that the individual has mastered the foundations of math, reading, and writing—skills that sometimes may not be automatic

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