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



Nonverbal 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.  
The link to the online survey is