A Special Kind of Brain: Living with Nonverbal Learning Disability

A Special Kind of Brain: Living with Nonverbal Learning Disability

A Special Kind of Brain: Living with Nonverbal Learning Disability

A Special Kind of Brain: Living with Nonverbal Learning Disability


"Sharing the experience of bringing up a child with nonverbal learning disability (NLD), this book offers advice on subjects ranging across diagnosis and therapy, children's interaction with each other, suitable activities for a child with NLD and how to discuss NLD with children. This book will reassure, advise and inform parents and professionals who work with children with NLD." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


The syndrome of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities has been described in detail, and its practical and theoretical implications have been explained (Rourke 1989, 1995a; Rourke, van der Vlugt, and Rourke 2002). But there is a relative scarcity of materials for the parent of the person with NLD (e.g. Rourke 1995b; Tanguay 2001). This book helps to expand this literature.

A Special Kind of Brain is a book all parents of children with NLD should read. It is comprehensive, straightforward, and practical. Much of the important neurological and neuropsychological literature regarding the nature of NLD that can so often be confusing and frustrating for parents to sort through, is clearly and concisely reviewed. In addition, and of principal importance, the implications of these dimensions are spun out in a highly readable manner.

From basic descriptions of how to get things running smoothly on a daily basis to more involved issues such as how to set up an individualized education plan, this book is invaluable in illuminating the challenges children with NLD and their parents may face. The reader is also provided with an abundance of literature, resources, and recommendations regarding how to receive outside support.

Each chapter stands largely on its own, and one could read this book in almost any order. The material presented is easy to understand and readily applicable in a variety of settings. Summaries are provided that can be accessed and used as a quick reference for parents when similar issues with their child arise. Checklists and organizational hints are also supplied to help make sense of meetings and paperwork from schools, physicians, and other sources. How to inquire about issues to ensure that children receive the best services possible to facilitate their style of academic learning and social interaction is also detailed.

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