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 Disability Information - Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD)

 

General Information

Education & Classroom Accommodations

Michigan Resources, Support Groups, Listservs & Websites

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Articles Related to this Disability

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 General Information

NLD is a neurological disorder which originates in the right hemisphere of the brain.  Reception of nonverbal or performance-based information governed by this hemisphere is impaired in varying degrees, causing problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organizational, evaluative, and holistic processing functions. The syndrome of Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) consists of specific assets and deficits.

 

Information on Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Download "What is NLD?" (pdf, 2 pages, 88k)

 

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 Education & Classroom Accommodations

NLD Class – Edmonton District School Board
Contact:
Judy Craig, Special Education, Centre for Education, Edmonton Public Schools, Phone: 780-429-8572, jcraig@epsb.ca

"I was the principal of the school that initiated the pilot program for students with NLD. Our program was established for students with learning disabilities that met our district criteria of 100+ IQ, with two academic areas below the 15%ile, of the five areas examined. We noted that some of the students demonstrated the characteristics of NLD, and also were aware that similar students would not qualify for the special placement as their academic scores were not sufficiently low - as they are often able to use their strengths to compensate for their areas of weakness. So, we suggested that our program would accept 10 students diagnosed with NLD, that demonstrated a 20 point split between verbal and performance areas on the WISC, but who did not attain a 100+ score on the full scale. The pilot was to examine whether such students could benefit from our program without negatively impacting the existing program. The pilot began as a one year project and was extended to a second year. All of the students have made excellent gains, although we believe that some of the students are not 'true' NLD, but more LD. We now focus on the aforementioned verbal-performance split, definite strengths in verbal subtests, with weaknesses in performance areas. We note that most do not fall below the 15%ile, or our new tighter criteria now established as a result of $ cutbacks, of 10%ile. We look particularly for the weakness in writing skills, in math - more pronounced as they get older, and of course the red flag of social skill deficits - also grows more obvious as the students mature. This special need or diagnosis is now recognized within our district, and if the student meets particular criteria (as noted above) he/she qualifies for additional funding allocations allowing special interventions to be provided in both inclusive and segregated classrooms." [submitted by C.P.]
 

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 National Resources & Websites

Maple Leaf Center - "We organize conferences on NLD, Asperger's Syndrome and Social Skills/Bullying around the U.S. We also publish books in these related areas. We have a recent publication that might be of interest for readers/parents of children with NLD. It is titled: NLD: A Guide to School Success. More information, including an excerpt from the book, is available at www.MapleLeafCenter.com."

 

Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association
A non-profit corporation dedicated to research, education, and advocacy for nonverbal learning disorders.
2446 Albany Avenue West
Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: (860) 570-0217
Email: NLDA@nlda.org
Web: http://www.nlda.org

 

Nonverbal Learning Disorders Online

http://www.nldline.com/

 

NLD Support Group: A Nonverbal Learning Disorder parent support group is up and running in the Kitchener-Waterloo area (Ontario).  The contact person for this support group is Cheryl Pidgeon.  You can email her at ccpidgeon@sympatico.ca.

 

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 Articles Related to this Disability

Confronting the Puzzle of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities - Students with nonverbal learning disabilities present a perplexing challenge in the classroom, and understanding the symptoms is an important first step. Once the disorder is recognized, targeted interventions can improve the outlook for students and educators.
 

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 Books & Videos

Book List Compiled by Cheryl Pidgeon

1. “The Source for Nonverbal Learning Disorders” – Sue Thompson
2. “NLD and their clinical subtypes: assessment, diagnosis, management” – Dr. Maggie Mamen
3. “Helping a Child with NLD or Asperger’s Syndrome” – Kathryn Stewart
4. “Bridging the Gap: raising a child with NLD”– Rondalyn Whitney
5. “Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at School” – Pamela B. Tanguay
6. “Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home” - Pamela B. Tanguay
7. “Star Shaped Pegs, Square Holes – NLD and the Growing Up Years” – Kathy Allen
8. “Asperger’s Syndrome” – Tony Attwood
9. “No Easy Answers: the LD child at home and school” – Sally Smith
10. “The Explosive Child” – Ross W. Greene
11. “Teaching Your Child the Language of Social Success” – Duke/Nowicki/Martin (social skills)
12. “Helping the Child Who Doesn’t Fit In” – Nowicki/Duke/Marshall (social skills)
13. “The Dominance Factor” – Carla Hannaford (brain gym)
14. “Smart Moves” – Carla Hannaford (brain gym)
15. “How the Special Needs Brain Learns” – David A. Sousa
16. “Comic Strip Conversations” – Carol Gray (social skills)
17. “The Out-of-Sync Child” – Carol Kranowitz (sensory integration dysfunction)
18. “NLD – solving the classroom puzzle” (teacher’s manual) – Edmonton Public Schools – Mardi Bernard
19. “The Post-Secondary Guide to NLD” (teacher’s manual) – University of Guelph - Carol Herriot (Learning
 

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