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Sunday, May 22, 2011

When it's not Autism or ADHD it might be- Non Verbal Learning Disability

When I am working in schools, I am often asked to 'check out' another student in the class or school that has some 'autistic like traits'. Diagnosis is the work of a multidisciplinary team, so I tell the school staff that if they are concerned they sound refer the student on for assessment.
There are many conditions that have 'autistic like traits' as part of their profile. Nonverbal language Disorder (NVLD) is one that pops up regularly as the actual diagnosis of students that I am asked to observe.
Click here to read some simple information which explains the differences between a diagnosis of NVLD, ADHD and the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

The Coffee klatch Blogtalk Radio show has recently produced an excellent podcast about NVLD. Click here to listen.

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