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Nonverbal Learning Disability

A Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD) results from disordered functioning in the right hemisphere of the brain, which processes nonverbal information.  This includes the processing of visual-spatial, organizational, and holistic information.


  • Cognitive
    - Strong rote verbatim memory
    - Excellent attention to detail, but misses the big picture
    - Difficulty generalizing information
  • Academic
    - Precocious reading decoding ability
    - Weak math skills
    - Messy and laborious handwriting
  • Physical
    - Poor coordination and balance
    - Poor fine motor skills
    -Physically awkward
  • Language/Communication
    - Precocious speech and language development
    - Talks a lot but really says very little
    - Concrete thinking; takes things very literally
  • Social/Emotional/Behavioral
    - Poor social skills
    - Difficulty making and keeping friends
    - May be very naïve and lacks common sense