Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD)

What is a Nonverbal Learning Disability?

A nonverbal learning disability, by name, is confusing. Identifying and meeting the needs of the individual is equally challenging. Sometimes referred to as NLD or NVLD, a nonverbal learning disability is a neurological disorder which originates in the right hemisphere of the brain. Reception of nonverbal or performance-based information governed by this hemisphere is impaired in varying degrees, causing problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organizational, evaluative, and holistic processing functions.

Turner Syndrome is a spectrum disorder, and each person will have a unique set of strengths and weaknesses. Many are gifted verbally, which may overshadow underlying weaknesses, and will have average to above average intelligence.

There is still so much more we need to LEARN about Turner.  The answer is through RESEARCH.

NLD Resources:

Dean Mooney nonverbal learning disability expertDr. Dean Mooney
Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD)
School Interventions:

Research (B.P. Rourke) has shown that a significantly high percentage of the individuals diagnosed with Turner Syndrome exhibit the strengths and weaknesses seen in individuals diagnosed with a Nonverbal Learning Disability.

Nonverbal Learning Disability is a term used to describe a specific learning profile.  It is characterized by a number of cognitive strengths and challenges that impact a child’s success in the academic and social settings.

What is accomplished in the resource room as the result of appropriate, and specialized instruction is nothing short of magic.  Having the right list of strategies and instructional interventions is the key to working this magic. Read more… 

LD Online is a Good Resource for Information About Nonverbal Learning Disability:

Educators Find additional teaching resources and a listing of four-year college programs with structured learning disabilities services.

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