Accommodating students with learning disabilities

Still, nonverbal learning disorders remain predominantly misunderstood and largely go unrecognized.

A child's earliest mode of communication should be nonverbal.

More often than not, parents are assured that everything is fine; perhaps their child is "just a perfectionist" or "immature" or "bored with the way things are normally done" or "a bit clumsy." Rarely are a parent's or teacher's concerns given any credence until the child reaches a point in school where he is no longer able to function given the limitations of his disability and/or, in some cases, the child suffers a "nervous breakdown" (or worse).

The child with nonverbal learning disorders commonly appears awkward and is, in fact, inadequately coordinated in both fine and gross motor skills.

We are all familiar with "non-verbal communication," but few professionals have been specifically trained to look for deficits in this area.

Yet, it has been found that more than 65% of all communication is actually conveyed nonverbally.

It is still difficult to find a professional who understands nonverbal learning disabilities.

These children are often labeled "behavior problems" or "emotionally disturbed" because of their frequent inappropriate and unexpected conduct, but NLD is known to have a neurological rather than a deliberate and/or an emotional origin.

We are all aware of the important role language plays in human learning.

It is known that nonverbal learning disabilities involve the performance processes (generally thought of neurologically as originating in the right cerebral hemisphere of the brain, which specializes in nonverbal processing).

Brain scans of individuals with NLD often confirm mild abnormalities of the right cerebral hemisphere.

The competence of an individual, in our present-day society, is most often judged by their verbal proficiencies.

A person who speaks eloquently and has a well-developed vocabulary tends to be accorded more credibility than an individual who makes constant grammatical errors and demonstrates a limited vocabulary.

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