Helping Children who Suffer from non Verbal Learning Disorders

Any child with a disorder can be incredibly difficult to help, especially for a new parent or for someone that just doesn’t have any real knowledge of the disorder. However, if you are motivated to help your child, then with a little bit of effort and positive thinking, you can help your child pretty substantially.

The first thing you need to realize as a parent is that you can’t live in denial. The longer that you tell yourself that your child is going to start walking soon when they are already two years old, the longer you are putting your child’s life on hold. It is important that once you start realizing that your child is falling behind in some key areas, you really need to bring it to the attention of someone that has more skill in recognizing problems, this of course would be your Pediatrician. By communicating your concerns, your doctor may be able to help either reassure you that your issue is completely normal or help you to discover what may be causing the problem in the first place.

Once your have figure out the problem, your doctor is going to recommend that you see a specialist relating to that condition. This is the most important step you can take for your child. The sooner that you see the specialist, the better chance you have at getting your child in a program early enough that much of their learning disorder could be treated. While this doesn’t mean that it can be completely reversed in many cases, it does mean that your child will be able to develop much faster than they would have without the skills and background knowledge that these specialists have in dealing with children that have additional needs.

One of the most common of non-verbal learning disorders are ones that are related to a child’s visual understanding and cognition of different items. This could mean that your child might see a square a thousand times, but each time that they see it, they might not understand that they have seen it before. Or they may see the square and think of it in very general terms, not realizing that it has unique characteristics in comparison to other shapes.

Through a variety of different exercises and tests, a specialist would be able to not only discover what your child’s learning disability is, but develop programs that will help them to overcome as much of their learning disorder as possible. The overall goal in this obviously is giving you child the best possible chance at life.

While some of the treatments are as simple as giving a child medicine, such as the case with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), there are other disorders that can easily be treated with medicines or simple therapies as well. The key is to get your child to a specialist so that they can make this determination and subsequent recommendations to you as the parent so that you can make your own judgement calls as to what you would like to do for your child.

Obviously non-verbal learning disorders can be incredibly difficult to help your child with and difficult for your child to learn with, but the key is to be proactive, positive, and persistent and with the help of a trained professional, you should be able to make significant progress with your child over time.