Nonverbal learning disorders
1 / 18

Nonverbal Learning Disorders - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

Nonverbal Learning Disorders. Also Known As : Right-Hemisphere Learning Disorders. What is a nonverbal learning disorder?. Nonverbal Learning Disorder Syndrome (NVLD) is a neurological syndrome which renders the individual unable to process nonverbal information.

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Nonverbal Learning Disorders' - blythe

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
Nonverbal learning disorders

Nonverbal Learning Disorders

Also Known As: Right-Hemisphere Learning Disorders

What is a nonverbal learning disorder
What is a nonverbal learning disorder?

  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder Syndrome (NVLD) is a neurological syndrome which renders the individual unable to process nonverbal information.

    • The assets include early speech and vocabulary, as well highly developed rote memory abilities.

    • The deficits include impairments to motor skills, visual-spatial organization, social skills and sensory skills.


  • No direct cause has been found, but the myelination or “white matter” of brain which affects communication of the two hemisphere’s of the brain is damaged

    • Damage to the central nervous system early in life

    • Head trauma

    • Tumor

    • Seizure


  • Dr. Rourke believes that about 10 percent of children who have been identified with learning disabilities have nonverbal learning disabilities. This means that nearly 1 percent of the U.S. population, nearly 2.7 million people, have NLD.

  • Affects males and females equally

Identifying nvld why is it difficult
Identifying NVLDWhy is it difficult…

Can you read a face
Can you read a face?

  • 65% of all communication is nonverbal. Do you know what the person is thinking by looking at their facial expressions?


  • Physical sensitivity in any of the sensory modes

Nonverbal learning disorders

Servicing nvld
Servicing NVLD

  • Performance IQ test

  • CAMS (special education services)

    • Compensations

    • Accommodations

      • Assistive technology

    • Modifications

    • Strategies

    • IEP

    • 504


  • Extra time to arrive to and leave from class

  • Do not place inappropriate expectations on the student

  • Develop verbal compensatory strategies to deal more effectively with novel situations

  • Set attainable and worthwhile goals

  • 90% of interactions must be positive


  • All information should be relayed verbally

  • Give the student all notes in a typed format

  • Test answer sheet layouts and the arrangement of visual-spatial math assignments need to be simplified

  • Paper and pencil tasks need to be kept to a minimum because of finger dexterity and visual-spatial problems.

  • Adjustments must be made in teacher expectations for volume of written products

  • Tasks requiring folding, cutting with scissors, and/or arranging material in a visual-spatial manner (maps, graphs, mobiles, etc.) will require considerable assistance

  • Extended time for tests and homework assignments

  • Student's schedule needs to be as predictable as possible

Assistive technology
Assistive Technology

  • Word processor

  • Text to speech

  • Speech to text

  • Concept mapping software

  • Phonetic spell checkers with word prediction capabilities

  • Organizational software/personal information managers

  • Talking calculators


  • Child needs to be in a learning environment that provides daily, non-threatening contact with nondisabled peers

  • Active verbalization in cooperative learning groups

  • Peer "buddy" to help guide him through the day

  • Must be in a predictable environment

  • Any nonverbal problem solving questions must be modified so they become verbal in nature


  • Tell this child everything and encourage her to give you verbal feedback

  • Verbally teach cognitive strategies for the skills of conversational pragmatics

  • Observe and expand the coping techniques that the child has already acquired on his/her own

  • Group the child with "good role models" so that she can label and learn appropriate behavior

  • Adults should talk their way through their actions, modeling for the child

  • If inappropriate behaviors are causing problems at school, a functional analysis and behavioral intervention plan detailing a course of action which is designed to be useful and non-punitive in nature may need to be a part of this child's IEP or 504 plan.

The end
The End

For more information visit:

Presentation created by

Jessica Ready