The part of the brain responsible for non-verbal communication is located in the right hemisphere in our prefrontal cortex. A weakness in the Non-Verbal Thinking cognitive function can often lead to an individual being diagnosed with a non-verbal learning disability.
The impact can be substantial, resulting in social conflict and a lack of effective interpersonal and self-advocacy skills. These social challenges stem from a fundamental difficulty in comprehending one's own emotions and the emotions of others, as well as the struggle to adapt behavior according to the people, situation or surroundings.
Individuals can often by misdiagnosed, misunderstood, often having a reputation as being rude, arrogant, shy or antisocial.
(Perception and interpretation of non-verbal world)
(Visual memory for people, places and things)
(Sense of body in space)
(Sense of moving through
space- "mental map")
(Sense of how things operate)
(Sense of ordered sequence
in a process)
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A Non-Verbal Disorder is Not Just a Problem at School
The majority of people with NVLD (Non-Verbal Learning Disability) suffer from anxiety because they struggle to comprehend and establish meaningful connections with their parents, teachers, peers, and spouses.
Some individuals manage to conceal their misunderstanding; they might appear charming and remarkably skilled in language. However, eventually, the intricate web of social interactions becomes hard to endure.
The teenage years can be exceptionally challenging, marked by feelings of social isolation and behavioural issues. As adults, the difficulty in recognising or understanding cues can lead to problems in establishing priorities and communicating effectively with potential employers or friends, making the world seem like a daunting minefield.
A diagnosis of NLVD may include challenges with various cognitive functions, such as difficulties in spatial navigation, awareness of one's body within a given space, and understanding the operation or sequence of things.
Poor coordination, often getting in the way,
or seen as clumsy
Needing to verbally “label” information in order to understand it
Overly trusting, or "naive"
Difficulty dealing with, or handling changes
Always asking questions, to the point of being repetitive, or interrupting the regular flow of conversation
Visual-spatial difficulties (navigating in space, visualisation of images, determining one’s location of body in space)
Impulsive – acting without taking all the details of a situation into account
Difficulty seeing the big picture or the
"forest for the trees"
Non-Verbal Difficulties Don't Need to be for Life
Some of the most positive changes come when we strengthen our Non-Verbal Thinking capacity. Relationships deepen, mental health flourishes, and the ability to navigate complex social worlds becomes possible.
Contact Empowering Lives if you or someone you know could benefit from stronger sense of communication and common sense.