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Nonverbal learning disorder (NVLD) appears to be the result of an alteration of cognitive functions linked to thedysfunctions in right hemisphere. It is characterized by the concomitance of difficulties in social skills, school performance, low visual-spatial skill and clumsiness. It was described in 1971 by Johnson et al, from the observation of children whose main characteristics were: Inability to understand the meaning of social context, poor ability both for academic learning and difficulty in nonverbal learning.

Difficulties in interpreting gestures, facial expressions, touch and other nonverbal communication elements. It was linked to dysfunction in the Right Hemisphere (R.H.) by the overlap of these symptoms in adults with R.H. injury. The most comprehensive author in the field of NVLD is Rourke et al. (1994) who defined the diagnostic criteria and suggested an affectationin connections of the Right Hemisphere.

In this essay you will find useful information to understand better this not too much known disease: definition and symptoms; how to help them and resources to work some cognitive functions.