Characteristics Of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities

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Register to read the introduction… They also vary from person to person, but are in general accurate. The first deficit that Rourke describes is in tactile perception. People with NLD will have difficulty with tactile perception on both sides of the body but especially on the left side, because of the difficulties of the right side of the brain. This difficulty tends to decrease with age. The second greatest problem for NLD students is with visual perception. It can be difficult to recognize visual cues. Visual perception can also be difficult, which can interfere with tasks such as driving. The third major difficulty is with complex psychomotor tasks. People with NLD often are not great athletes because of these difficulties. Improvement is most often seen with tasks such as writing, because they are practiced so often. The fourth major difficulty for NLD students is novel material. NLD students are best at repeating tasks over and over, and with they are presented with new tasks and challenges, they have difficulties. (Rourke 83) The biggest problems for people with NLD tend to be visual perception and adjustment to new situations. They will tend to want to stay with what they have known in the past, and could be afraid to try new things. Rourke describes some of the major academic deficits associated with NLD. The first academic deficit that Rourke describes is graphomotor skills. Handwriting in both printing …show more content…
Social problems are very common, because of difficulties with non-verbal communication. Behavior problems and anxiety are common as well. NLD makes it very difficult for a person to read non-verbal cues, and can often cause difficulties in social situations as a result. Other problems result from difficulty in adjusting to new situations, because they may have trouble knowing how to react to these situations. Rourke gives five examples of difficulties in social situations for people with NLD. The first problem is with social judgment, because of the general difficulty with problem solving and reasoning. This type of judgment is too closely related to scientific reasoning. The second problem is associated with visual spatial judgments. It causes difficulties with recognizing faces and also with reading nonverbal communication, such as expressions of emotion. The third difficulty is with using nonverbal cues such as tone of voice and tending to lack prosody. The fourth difficulty is tactile, and causes difficulty with affectionate encounters. The fifth difficulty is with novel situations, and adapting to new social situations. It tends to be easier for people with NLD to try to always associate with the same group of people, because of this difficulty. People with NLD actually have two types of problems with social situations. The first is that they have trouble reading nonverbal

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