Nonverbal Learning Disorder Understanding How Symptoms Affect Daily Living

Nonverbal Learning DisorderUnderstanding How Symptoms Affect Daily Living

By: - Learning Disabilities - June 25, 2011
nonverbal learning disorder understanding how symptoms affect daily living

Nonverbal learning disorder is a neurological disorder which originates in the right side area of the brain. In our day-to-day life the communication pattern is based on our verbal as well as nonverbal skills. A person uses their hand gestures, eye contact, smiles etc. in addition to words to explain their thoughts. But not all individuals are blessed with these overall communication skills. These individuals are brilliant academically but somehow nonverbal things do not make much sense to them. This disability is known as nonverbal learning disorder (NLD). Such individuals are not active socially, a common nonverbal learning symptom, and thus feel left out.

Due to lack of knowledge and vigilance most parents are not able to spot a nonverbal learning symptom in their kids during their childhood. Most children with this disability are brilliant academically as they are able to assimilate the instructions better than their peers. But as these kids grow studies no longer interests them. In fact studies are like a burden to them and thus there is a sharp decline in their academic performance. From the once brilliant student they are bracketed into the average group. So how does one assess nonverbal learning disorder? Here are a few symptoms listed below:

• They do not excel in mathematical skills.
• They are brilliant with verbal skills but lack in performance skills.
• They can’t appreciate abstract concepts or even work on them.
• A new concept is difficult for them to comprehend.
• They can apply concepts to tried and tested situation. They just can’t visualize the same solution in a new scenario.
• Their sense of humor or sarcasm understanding is almost zero.
• Though their vocabulary is phenomenal but their facial expressions and hand gestures are completely missing.
• They can’t participate in sports due to poor hand-brain coordination. They exhibit poor handwriting.

Another nonverbal learning symptom includes poor sense of direction with some having trouble working with maps. Many kids suffering from this problem become aloof and their self-esteem is also hampered. Parents tend to take it as an attitude issue while the kid continues to suffer. The main cause of nonverbal learning disorder is attributed to the problem in the right hemisphere of the brain. Apparently this part is responsible for understanding the difference between the verbal and nonverbal gestures. An injury, a tumor, a seizure or weak development leads to the problem of the brain.

NLD is a lesser-known problem that can be sorted out by patience and continuous effort. The foremost thing to do about this disorder is to understand and accept it. It is advised to take help from a psychiatrist or support group.