What is It?
What exactly is a nonverbal learning disability? What are the signs and symptoms to look out for? Are there any other disabilities associated with it? Also, how can teachers meet the needs of this type of student in the classroom? First, let’s take a look at what a nonverbal learning disability is.
Typically, this type of disability begins presenting itself when a child is in the developmental stages. According to LD Online, children with this disorder have a hard time recognizing and understanding nonverbal cues, such as gestures, facial expressions, and tone of voice. It can be thought of as having difficulty understanding nonverbal communication. These students will typically talk to themselves a lot as they are talking themselves through what they are thinking.
Some signs that a student may have a learning disability are: trouble with coordination, fine and gross motor problems, short attention span, difficulty following instructions, difficulties with reading, writing, spelling, and math, difficulty understanding abstract topics, such as time, and frequently misplacing things. These are just a few things to look out for in students with a nonverbal learning disability.