Medical and Educational Perspectives on Nonverbal Learning Disability in Children and Young Adults

Medical and Educational Perspectives on Nonverbal Learning Disability in Children and Young Adults

Barbara Rissman (Queensland University of Technology, Australia)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: September, 2015|Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 404
ISBN13: 9781466695399|ISBN10: 1466695390|EISBN13: 9781466695405|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9539-9


A Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD) is a serious and complex developmental disability that persists into adulthood. Children and young adults affected face many difficulties not experienced by those with a language-based learning disability. Diagnosis of NLD is often difficult because fluent speech usually coexists with functional deficits that, if not identified and managed, can adversely affect developmental and educational achievement, and the young person’s social and emotional well-being through the lifespan.

Medical and Educational Perspectives on Nonverbal Learning Disability in Children and Young Adults is a comprehensive reference source for emerging research into the identification and diagnosis of a Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), as well as intervention for those affected. Featuring in-depth coverage of a variety of topics relating to NLD indicators, the disability’s manifestation over time, and the dilemmas faced by caregivers and professionals, this publication is a critical resource for educators, medical professionals, allied health professionals, and disability service providers whose role includes advocacy and provision of appropriate support for those affected.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Associated Medical Conditions
  • Developmental Perspectives
  • Neuropsychological Perspectives
  • Social Skills
  • Support Worker’s Perspectives
  • Team Collaboration

Reviews and Testimonials

This volume brings together 11 chapters by speech-language pathologists, psychologists, and others from Australia and North America, who discuss nonverbal learning disabilities. They detail the nonverbal learning disabilities profile, associated medical conditions, current research, assessment, diagnosis, treatment, nonverbal learning disabilities and spina bifida and Asperger's syndrome, and social skills in individuals with nonverbal learning disabilities.

– ProtoView Reviews

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Barbara Rissman, Ph.D., brings personal experience to this book. Her daughter Sally was born with an encephalocele, a neural tube defect estimated to occur in two to three out of every 10,000 live births. The extreme demands of caring for and educating a child with spina bifida, resultant hydrocephalus, and undiagnosed learning difficulties led Dr. Rissman to pursue a private teaching practice so that she could be available for Sally’s many surgeries and therapies. Dr. Rissman completed four diplomas in music, and for 22 years she taught piano, organ, and theory of music to students of all ages and ability levels. Subsequently, she transitioned to the field of education and undertook doctoral research, inspired by Sally’s 12-year journey through school. Dr. Rissman’s 2007 study explored the learning experiences of students with spina bifida, hydrocephalus, and an NLD profile in mainstream Australian schools. She currently works at Australia’s Queensland University of Technology as a sessional academic, equity project officer, and previously served as a unit coordinator and tutor. Her immediate goal is to raise awareness of NLD among educational, medical, and allied health practitioners to prevent serious emotional, developmental, and educational consequences if the NLD is not identified early and managed successfully.