Non-Verbal Learning Disability

Non-Verbal Learning Disability

A disorder which is usually characterised by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial and social skills. Typically, an individual with NLD had trouble interpreting nonverbal cues like facial expression or body language, and may have poor coordination.

Signs and symptoms

  • Has trouble recognising non-verbal cues such as facial expression or body language
  • Shows poor psycho-motor coordination and clumsy.
  • Issues in fine-motor skills :tying shoes, writing, using scissors
  • Has difficulty coping with changes in routine and transitions
  • Has difficulty in generalising previously leaned information
  • Issues in following multi-step instructions
  • Make very literal translations
  • Asks too many questions


  • Rehearse getting from place to place
  • Provide with several verbal cues
  • Avoid assuming the student will automatically generalise instruction or concepts
  • Verbally point out similarities, differences and connections
  • Implement a modified schedule or creative programming
  • Make sure that the child understand each information
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