Nonverbal Learning Disorder

Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD) is a continuous and lifelong learning disability that is not in the DSM IV, but is commonly referred to in assessment reports and in the research literature.

NLD is manifested by the following:
• difficulty drawing, seeing detail in images, or putting puzzles together
• become disoriented or lost in places they have been before
• poor developed fine motor skills and balance
• clumsiness
• poor adaptation to new routines
• excellent verbal skills
• excellent auditory learners and poor visual learners
• high IQ
• difficulty with math
• limited social skills and difficulty recognizing people
• have trouble with non-literal language such as humor, puns and satire
• lack nonverbal reasoning skills
• poor understanding of appropriate behavior
• limited in reading nonverbal cues
• equally diagnosed in males and females

Persons with NLD are particularly inclined toward developing disorders such as stress, anxiety, and panic, as well as debilitating phobias. With appropriate intervention, the cumulative effect of ongoing stress can become manageable for the NLD person.