I was so taken by the response that I received on my last column, which was about children with nonverbal learning disabilities, that I thought there might be an interest in more information on the subject. As I said in my last column, children with NVLD have strong verbal abilities and significantly weak visual-spatial abilities, which makes it difficult for them to organize their thoughts, understand the main ideas in what they read, and interpret and respond to social cues. They are often clumsy or have poor fine motor control, which shows up as poor handwriting.
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Paul wanted nothing more than to have a friend. He tried to talk to the kids who shared his table in his third grade class, but he rarely “got” their jokes, and he pretended to laugh when they all started giggling together. No matter how hard he tried to fit in, they never invited him to play at recess. He became frustrated and angry, which he expressed freely at home through tantrums, crying spells, and refusals to do his homework.