Academic journal article School Social Work Journal

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities

Academic journal article School Social Work Journal

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities

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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Cesare Cornoldi, Irene C. Mammarella, and Jodene Goldenring Fine Guilford Press, NY, 2016. 202 pages (hardback), $35.00, ISBN 978-1-4625-2758-8

Authors Cornoldi, Mammarella, and Fine have tackled the overlooked task of consolidating international research and diagnostic data on the topic of nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD). This is the first book of its kind to provide a comprehensive, systematic, research-based look at NLD and to make recommendations to the professional community regarding ongoing research, intervention, and advocacy.

The book begins with a review of past and present research on the topic of NLD. It then moves to clinical presentation, both psychometric and academic. Continuing with clinical presentation, the authors describe social-emotional needs and weaknesses in individuals with NLD. Biology and neuroimaging are described in chapter 4, adding empirical evidence to the previous hypothesis of right hemisphere learning disability.

One of the most helpful chapters deals with the diagnostic criteria. Nonverbal learning disabilities are not currently recognized as a specific disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.) or the ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders: Clinical Descriptions and Diagnostic Guidelines (rather they are identified as an unspecified disorder or by symptomatology). …

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