How Much Can
Occupational Therapy Help in the Everyday Life of An Child with NLD?
I am a student in the Occupational Therapy
program at West Virginia University. For our senior/graduate research
project we am studying Nonverbal Learning Disability in children and how their
symptoms relate to Occupational Therapy.
Mary Beth Weisenburger
Occupational Therapy Student
Class of 2003
learning disability (NLD) is a cluster of characteristics that reflects
primary deficiencies in nonverbal reasoning.
Some deficiencies that the child with NLD have include:
weak visual-spatial and visual discrimination abilities, poorly
developed organizational skills, difficulty making inferences and reasoning
abstractly, significant problems with mathematical reasoning, and limited
social competence. No one child
will present with the same set of symptoms, but they will all have some
deficits in common. The purpose
of this research study is to find out more about the impact NLD has on
everyday function and to see how occupational therapy might help these
children live easier lives.