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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: What You’re Seeing in Your Grade-Schooler

By Erica Patino

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For many kids, grade school is when nonverbal learning disabilities (NVLD) first become noticeable. The following signs are typical of NVLD but could also occur with other issues, such as ADHD or Asperger’s syndrome.

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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: What You’re Seeing in Your Grade-Schooler

Signs of nonverbal learning disabilities (NVLD) often show up in grade school. Your child may struggle with concepts that other kids just seem to get. He may not understand other kids’ jokes. Here’s what you may be seeing.

Misses the Point
At home: Your child can read a long chapter book out loud but can’t tell you what it’s about.
At school: Your child is unable to answer questions about the handout he just read.
The issue: Kids with NVLD often read well but have difficultly grasping the abstract meaning of what they read.

Shares Endless Information
At home: Your child tells you everything he hears or learns about, even if it’s not important to the topic of conversation.
At school: Your child goes around telling other kids trivial facts, even if they’re not interested.
The issue: Kids with NVLD are great at memorizing information but don’t know when or how to share it.

Doesn’t Get Humor or Sarcasm
At home: Your child doesn’t realize when his sibling is “just kidding” and gets upset or lashes out in anger.
At school: Your child doesn’t realize that the kids at the lunch table are teasing him. He thinks they’re being friendly.
The issue: Kids with NVLD struggle to understand communication that isn’t literal.

Hates Change
At home: Your child doesn’t want to eat at a new restaurant because he’s not familiar with the surroundings or the menu.
At school: Your child gets upset when a school assembly disrupts the usual classroom routine.
The issue: Kids with NVLD have trouble shifting from one activity or setting to another.
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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 14, 2014 Feb 14, 2014

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