There are many types of learning disorders in teens. While some – like dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia – are typically associated with learning disorders in teens, others are frequently thought of in their own categories. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, for example, fits the government definition of learning disorders in teens, but is rarely viewed as a learning disorder per se. In truth, learning disorders in teens come in all shapes in sizes. One such class is referred to as having a Nonverbal Learning Disorder.
It is important to note that even among scientists there is no consensus about the differences between Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. Although some make the distinction between Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome, others believe the terms to be interchangeable. But members of both camps agree that Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome are extremely similar – and used to describe the various sides of the same situation. Marked by difficulty comprehending material, Nonverbal Learning Disorder often manifests itself with a person having little trouble reciting new concepts verbatim; truly understanding the topics can, however, prove problematic.
A child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder often displays extremely concrete thinking – a pun, for example, may go over their head. Similarly, generalized or vague instructions could pose an issue. Children with Nonverbal Learning Disorder often display trouble with social interactions: social cues may be misread or questions may inappropriately interrupt the flow of a school lesson.
Recognizing the Signs of Nonverbal Learning Disorders in Teens
It can sometimes be hard to properly identify a Nonverbal Learning Disorder, since, on the surface, many children with Nonverbal Learning Disorder have good vocabularies and can be very well-versed in certain areas. These skills are often offset by trouble in other subjects, such as math. A child with Nonverbal Learning Disorder can also often find themselves struggling with any type of change.
As a parent, there are several steps that can be taken to assist your child. By practicing activities ahead of time, your child will be less stressed. Similarly, helping your child with their schoolwork (asking them to describe what they learned in their own words, for example) can help you identify your child’s strengths and weaknesses. It is also vital to remember to consult the school administration to ensure that your child is having the best experience possible.
Seven Stars Can Help
If you have a 13 to 18-year-old son of daughter struggling with emotional and behavioral issues as a result of their neurodevelopmental disorder, Seven Stars might be able to help. Call us, at 844-601-1167, today for more information on our adventure therapy program and how we can help.