Enhancing academic, social, emotional,
and behavioural functioning in children
with Asperger Syndrome and Nonverbal
Authors such as Klin and Volkmar (2000) contend that children with Asperger Syndrome (AS) may be diagnosed with a number of disorders. Many, if not most children with AS struggle at school, and hence are often diagnosed with a learning disability. The diagnosis of a learning disability can enable students with AS to benefit from support in special education programs in the educational setting. It is possible for students with AS to receive a diagnosis of a particular type of learning disability, Nonverbal Learning Disability (NVLD). Even without this diagnosis, some of the theoretical underpinnings of NVLD can be helpful in understanding the problems which children with AS experience.
This chapter will present an overview of NVLD. Features common to NVLD and AS will be highlighted. Specifically, the academic, social, emotional, and behavioural difficulties that are features of both NVLD and AS will be reviewed. Individual and group strategies that can be implemented in home, school, or community settings to address these concerns will be presented. While many of these strategies are presented in the context of a discussion of individuals with NVLD, their applicability for those with AS and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders are evident.