Are Nonverbal Learning Disabilities the Same as Asperger’s Syndrome?
Mark J. Griffin, PhD
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Question: Are nonverbal learning disabilities the same as Asperger’s syndrome?
No, but there’s a lot of overlap between
nonverbal learning disabilities (NVLD). Many experts consider them to be separate conditions that look a lot alike.
Studies indicate that most children who meet the criteria for Asperger’s also meet the criteria for NVLD. But the opposite of that doesn’t appear to be true. Many children with NVLD don’t meet the criteria for Asperger’s. This is in part because Asperger’s tends to involve more severe
social skills issues than NVLD.
One way to help kids who have either or both of these conditions is get them involved in a
social skills group at school or in the community. Talk to your child’s school or doctor about other ways to help your child learn how to interact more successfully in social situations.
Watch this video from my colleague,
Sheldon Horowitz, for more on the differences between the two. You can also explore
Parenting Coach for specific tips from experts.