Non-verbal learning disorder is a learning disorder that has many
traits commonly associated with
autism spectrum disorder. Like those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), children with non-verbal learning disorder usually start to talk
around 2 years of age (the age at which speech normally develops). They often
have excellent memorization skills needed for reading and spelling. Also, they
share a desire to form relationships but often fail because of poor social
But these conditions are not the same. Children with non-verbal
learning disorder have some distinguishing characteristics. A hallmark trait of
the disorder is difficulty learning from the visual environment. Although they are
poor visual learners, children with non-verbal learning disorder often excel at
remembering information they hear. Children with ASD
are also good at remembering information they hear.
Children with non-verbal learning disorder often have difficulty with
math, because math is often explained in a visual context and these children
lack non-verbal reasoning skills.
While many people with ASD have non-verbal learning
disorder, not all do. Likewise, many people with non-verbal learning disorder do
not have ASD. Although these disorders are separate, they both
involve similar differences in processing information and those affected may
benefit from the same types of treatment.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerFred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent PsychiatryLouis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
Current as ofNovember 10, 2016
Current as of:
November 10, 2016
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Fred Volkmar, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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