1st Edition

Understanding Non-Verbal Learning Disability
A Guide to Symptoms, Management and Treatment

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after June 22, 2021
ISBN 9780367025618
June 22, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
128 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

USD $32.95

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Book Description

This essential book offers an accessible, evidence-based guide to Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD) informed by the most current research, and clinical and educational practice. It provides a thorough explanation of the science behind the condition, alongside ideas, support and practical tips for managing the everyday challenges of the disorder at school and in family life.

Mammarella, Cardillo and Broitman describe the main characteristics of the condition from both theoretical and practical points of view, as well as examining the similarities and differences between NVLD and other neurodevelopmental disorders. They explore the cognitive and academic weaknesses and strengths of children with NVLD, and the emotional and social difficulties they may experience. The book also provides a systematic review of scientific studies in this field, whilst focusing on issues of diagnostic criteria, as well as assessment and intervention strategies. Practical examples are given for teachers and parents to help support children with NVLD, in improving their visuospatial and motor skills, as well as peer-social relations, and in promoting the child’s individual abilities.

Understanding Non-Verbal Learning Disability is essential reading for parents and practitioners in clinical and educational psychology, health and social care, and students in these fields.

Table of Contents

Series Editor Preface


Chapter 1

What is Developmental visuospatial disorder (or Nonverbal learning disability)? Signs and symptoms

Chapter 2

Theoretical models and research findings

Chapter 3

How is a Developmental visuospatial disorder (DVSD) similar or different from other disorders?

Chapter 4

Managing the Developmental visuospatial disorder (or Nonverbal learning disability) at school: Tips for teachers

Chapter 5

Living with Developmental visuospatial disorder (or Nonverbal learning disability) at home: The role of parents


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Irene C. Mammarella is Associate Professor at the Department of Developmental and Social Psychology at the University of Padova, Italy.

Ramona Cardillo is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Developmental and Social Psychology at the University of Padova, Italy.

Jessica Broitman is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Berkeley, California.