Non-Verbal Learning
Disabilities (NVLD or NLD)

NON-VERBAL  LEARNING  DISABILITIES (NVLD or NLD)

PRESENTATIONS

A Working Guide to Your NVLD Child During COVID-19

Marcia Eckerd, PhD

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Materials: Working Guide (PDF Format)

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Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities:
What They Are, What They Aren’t, and What We Can Do About Them

David P. Sylvestro, MA, CSP

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Materials: Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by Wilton Library

Marcia Eckerd

Rob Bernstein

How School Interventions
Affect Your Kids Who Are
Wired Differently

Marcia Eckerd, PhD
Robert J. Bernstein, MA

Presented by SPED*NET in partnership with Wilton Library, Wilton Public Schools and Newtown Sped PTA

Transitioning to College:
A Roadmap for Reasonable Accommodations Under Section 504

Robert M. Tudisco, Esq.

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Co-sponsored by SoNo Branch Library: SPED MATTERS

Transitioning to College:
Understanding Post-Secondary Challenges and Legal Issues for Students with ADHD and Learning Disabilities

Robert M. Tudisco, Esq.

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(PDF Format)

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Co-sponsored by Wilton Library

Encouraging Your Teenagers to Find Their Own Paths:
A Roadmap for Choosing a College, a Career, or Something Different

Rick Fiery, MS, MBA

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Co-sponsored by Wilton Youth Council and Weston Youth Services

ARTICLES FOR PARENTS

by Eve Kessler, Esq.
for Smart Kids with LD

When kids have learning, attention and executive-function challenges, parents often end up doing too much. Use these guidelines to transition from “enabling” to “abling” your child on their road to independence.

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by Marcia Eckerd, PhD
for Smart Kids with LD

As with other learning disabilities, the evaluation for Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) involves a thorough history in addition to comprehensive neuropsychological testing. An NLD evaluation is best done by a psychologist familiar with NLD.

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by Eve Kessler, Esq.
for Smart Kids with LD

Having a child with LD or ADHD requires extraordinary parenting skills to manage strained family dynamics. This article provides guidelines to navigate the emotional minefield, minimize friction, and prevent long-lasting damage.

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by Marcia Eckerd, PhD
for Smart Kids with LD

Teachers and school personnel often do not know about or understand NLD. It is up to parents to educate those who work with their children every day. Share basic information such as how NLD shows up in the classroom and on the playground, as well as strategies to help school staff address related issues.

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by Marcia Eckerd, PhD
for Smart Kids with LD

Because nonverbal learning disabilities are not well understood, parents of kids with NLD challenges often feel alone and unsupported—even by those who should be natural allies such as family members, school personnel, and medical professionals. Rather than trying looking for help from those who aren’t willing to be educated, seek out people in your community who are experiencing similar struggles.

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by Marcia Eckerd, PhD
for Smart Kids with LD

Kids with NLD tend to have trouble with social rules. The challenges are often misinterpreted as problematic nonconformity, when in fact these kids just don’t “get” social customs. Understanding where the difficulties stem from and how to deal with them can help you help your child navigate social situations.

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by Marcia Eckerd, PhD
for Smart Kids with LD

For kids with NLD, tone of voice is one of many nonverbal cues that often elude them, leading to misinterpretation and miscommunication. Working with a professional can help them learn to better decipher the intonations of others as well as express themselves in a way others find easier to understand.

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by Marcia Eckerd, PhD
for Smart Kids with LD

Although kids with NLD have many strengths, they often have social skill deficits. There are some simple techniques you can do to help your child develop the skills they need to manage social situations effectively.

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by Marcia Eckerd, PhD
for Smart Kids with LD

Because students with NLD often excel academically, problems with language deficits may go undiagnosed. As academic demands increase, problems with comprehension and written expression may become apparent.

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by Marcia Eckerd, PhD
for Smart Kids with LD

Challenges for parents of children with NLD include learning to manage inflexibility, preventing meltdowns, and navigating social awkwardness. Successful parenting strategies include communicating clearly, previewing situations, anticipating frustration, and reinforcing positive behaviors. Educating others about NLD is critical for those who interact with these children.

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