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How the Symptoms of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Change Over Time

By Erica Patino

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If your child has nonverbal learning disabilities (NVLD), she won’t outgrow them. But her symptoms will change over time. This symptom timeline can prepare you for what might lie ahead.

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How the Symptoms of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Change Over Time

Kids don’t outgrow nonverbal learning disabilities (NVLD). But signs of NVLD do change as kids get older. Here’s how.

Toddler
• Gets lost easily
• Has a strong speaking vocabulary
• Doesn’t explore the environment or objects
• May seem clumsy

Preschooler
• Masters early reading and spelling
• Asks lots of questions
• Gravitates toward adults
• Doesn’t adapt well to change
• Keeps talking to peers even when they turn away

Grade-schooler
• Struggles with reading comprehension
• Memorizes and shares lots of facts
• Struggles with math, especially problems in columns
• Misinterprets social cues such as sarcasm
• May speak the same way to adults as to kids

Middle-schooler
• Has trouble organizing thoughts in writing
• Struggles with note-taking
• Seems unprepared for class
• Doesn’t grasp abstract concepts
• Is confused by social rejection

High-schooler
• May develop compulsive behaviors to reduce stress
• Can struggle with depression and anxiety
• Has difficulty making and keeping friends
• Is unsuccessful at dating

Young adult
• Struggles to complete college papers or written assignments at work
• Has difficulty initiating and maintaining relationships
• Has trouble solving problems and adapting to change
• Makes a poor impression in job interviews

Graphic of How the Symptoms of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Change Over Time
Graphic of How the Symptoms of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Change Over Time

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Erica Patino is an online writer and editor who specializes in health and wellness content.

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Reviewed by Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D. Feb 13, 2014 Feb 13, 2014

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