This essential book offers an accessible, evidence-based guide to Nonverbal 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 Nonverbal Learning Disability is essential reading for parents and practitioners in clinical and educational psychology, and health and social care, and students in these fields.
Table of Contents
Series Editor Preface
What is Developmental visuospatial disorder (or Nonverbal learning disability)? Signs and symptoms
Theoretical models and research findings
How is a Developmental visuospatial disorder (DVSD) similar or different from other disorders?
Managing the Developmental visuospatial disorder (or Nonverbal learning disability) at school: Tips for teachers
Living with Developmental visuospatial disorder (or Nonverbal learning disability) at home: The role of parents
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, United States.