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Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NVLD or NLD)

A nonverbal learning disorder is characterized by a significant discrepancy between high verbal skills and lower motor, and visuo-spatial skills on an IQ test. Because of guarding the deficiency and superior skills at verbal communicating, NVLD people often are verbose; they may “think out loud” and a common complaint is that they “talk too much”. “The NLD syndrome reveals itself in impaired abilities to organize the visual-spatial field, adapt to new or novel situations, and/or accurately read nonverbal signals and cues.”


“Although there is growing awareness of this condition, NVLD is controversial in medical circles. It does not appear in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)”, (the 2015 update doctors, psychiatrists, and therapists use to diagnose all types mental illness and disabilities on the spectrum).