Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities: Characteristics, Diagnosis, and Treatment within an Educational Setting

Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities: Characteristics, Diagnosis, and Treatment within an Educational Setting

Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities: Characteristics, Diagnosis, and Treatment within an Educational Setting

Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities: Characteristics, Diagnosis, and Treatment within an Educational Setting

Synopsis

"Non-verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) are conditions that combine both behavioural and coordination problems. First recognized in the 1970s, the number of children diagnosed with NLD has been slowly rising. This is an accessible introduction to NLD, providing an overview of the varied opinions expressed about the condition. Inspired by extensive research, the author describes the cognitive, psychometric, socio-emotional and visual aspects of this syndrome. She also discusses how NLD can be diagnosed and describes how the syndrome associates itself with other conditions. The book concludes with practical treatment strategies that can be applied both at home and in school." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This chapter provides a first impression of the features and background of nld. Attention is given to its definition (Section 1.1), characteristics (Section 1.2), development in school (Section 1.3), the causes and underlying mechanisms of the syndrome and its frequency (Section 1.4). Finally, an explanatory model of nld is presented (Section 1.5).

Nld is defined as a neuropsychological syndrome and stands for Non-verbal Learning Disabilities. After research into various sub-categories of learning difficulties (Johnson and Myklebust 1967, in Hellemans 1995), Myklebust (1975, in Hellemans 1995, and in Cracco 1993) brought the term [non-verbal learning disabilities] to the forefront for the very first time. Later, nld was thoroughly studied by Rourke (1989), who in turn defined the syndrome from a developmental neuropsychological approach. nld is described as a right- hemisphere malfunction or as an information-processing malfunction that is characterized by its close relationship with learning and behavioral difficulties caused by lack of mental coordination. nld is also referred to . . .

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