Non-verbal Learning Disorder Information

Non-Verbal Learning Disorder, referred to as NLD, is a neurological disorder in the right side of the brain. It greatly affects the perception of non-verbal information, resulting in difficulties with visual-spatial, communicative, and organizational information.

Noticeable Behaviors:

  • Remarkable rote memory skills
  • High verbal ability/vocabulary
  • Strong auditory retention
  • Difficulty with visual-spatial organization
  • Inability to understand non-verbal communication
  • Trouble distinguishing tone of voice, inferences, facial expressions

Accommodation Strategies:

  • Avoid assignments involving copying text
  • Simple layouts on assignments/test
  • Use graph paper to organize work
  • Limit quantity of writing
  • Utilize predictability of routines
  • Check for understanding
  • Make directions/expectations clear and simple
  • Verbally teach (talk self through tasks)

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