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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: What You’re Seeing in Your Preschooler

By Erica Patino

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Signs of nonverbal learning disabilities (NVLD) can show up as early as preschool. The earlier you notice, the earlier you can seek support for your child. The following signs are typical of NVLD but could also occur with other issues, such as ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome or developmental delays.

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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: What You’re Seeing in Your Preschooler

Signs of nonverbal learning disabilities (NVLD) often don’t show up until grade school or middle school. But they can appear as early as preschool. Noticing the signs early is a great first step to getting your child the help he needs.

Asks a Lot of Questions
At home: Your child constantly asks you questions— to the point of making you crazy.
At school: Your child relies on teachers for information instead of talking to other students.
The issue: Kids with NVLD have trouble connecting with other kids, so most of what they learn is from adults.

Talks Like a Mini-Grownup
At home: Your child is quick to pick up on phrases you use and repeat them in conversation.
At school: The teacher says your child is like a “little professor” because of his advanced use of verbal language.
The issue: Kids with NVLD have strong verbal and listening skills. But these skills can hide their poor interpersonal skills.

Doesn’t Like to Explore
At home: Instead of picking up an object and looking at it, your child asks you what it is and how it works.
At school: Your child watches other kids play with toys rather than seeing for himself how the toys work.
The issue: Kids with NVLD may be reluctant to explore their physical environment.

Seems Clumsy
At home: Your child spills things at mealtime and has trouble dressing himself.
At school: Your child struggles to use scissors and draw with crayons.
The issue: Kids with NVLD can have trouble with motor coordination.
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Erica Patino

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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