Homeadults with learning disabilitiesWhat is a nonverbal learning disability?

Although the majority of this blog has addressed more common things like dyslexia, autism and SPD, I had started it with the intention of learning about as many different types of learning and developmental disabilities as I could.

Since opening up about my own learning differences, I’ve heard the term “nonverbal learning disability” from time to time, but didn’t really know what it was. Of course, the only way to remedy that is through research.

So, here we go into youtubeland as a start!

Once again, LD.org provides a clear, very understandable explanation of what a nonverbal learning disability is.

The summary I’ve gathered is that people with nonverbal learning disabilities tend to have the following traits:

  • Detail oriented, which also means they have problems with big picture thinking
  • Difficulty in reading nonverbal cues, like facial expressions, vocal tone and body language
  • Often have problems with physical coordination
  • Understands spoken language better than other forms of communication

It’s interesting how many of those things are shared with other types of neurology, especially autism and dyspraxia.

This lovely lady talks about her experiences with having a NVLD. It’s always interesting to hear about how others’ minds work and how their learning differences impact their lives.

Since there are so many similarities between NVLD and Aspergers (now known as high functioning autism), I figured I should include this video, too. It explains some of the differences between the two, and some of the similarities.

This entry has been by no means an exhaustive study on the topic of NVLD, but it is a start. There are many different types of learning disabilities or differences out there, and it serves us all well to educate ourselves about as many of them as possible.

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