Monday, January 14, 2013

Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home and School Book Review

I first became aware of the diagnosis of Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), when my daughter was diagnosed at the age of six.  I was given helpful information from the psychologist that diagnosed her and shared that information with family and school staff.  While researching the diagnosis I happened upon two books written by Pamela B. Tanguay: “Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home” & “Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at School”.

I first read “Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home”, and was amazed. Reading this book made everything make sense. I felt that after reading this book I truly understood my daughter more and why she struggles with answering open ended questions. I realized she needs to be given choices and options. If I ask “what do you want for supper” she can’t tell me. If I say “do you want tacos or spaghetti” she can tell me one of the options. This is just one of many examples of how I learned the effects of NLD on her life through this book.

As parent of child with NLD, Pamela gives great insight to the difficulties that come along with having a diagnosis of NLD and great suggestions on how to address these areas of concern and how to build upon areas of strength.

I found these books to be a great source of information and understanding not only for myself, but for family members and school staff. Each year I share the books with my daughter’s teachers and they have helped teachers and other school staff have a better understanding of her needs and how to approach teaching her. These books are available in our lending library. To check one out visit and click on lending library.



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