Have you noticed that your child is struggling in school, or is having difficulty grasping concepts and ideas? While it could be nothing more serious than normal development, it could be a sign that there’s an underlying condition that needs to be addressed. An NVLD neuropsychological evaluation can help identify non-verbal learning disabilities. This will help you understand your child’s needs.
What Are NVLDs?
NVLDs, or non-verbal learning disabilities, can include a very wide range of potential learning challenges. Note that an NVLD does not necessarily reflect any particular intelligence level. In fact, most children with an NVLD are at least of average intelligence, and many have high IQs.
These disabilities range from things like dyslexia and dyscalculia to Asperger’s syndrome and more. Many of these have no physical symptoms, and it can be nearly impossible to determine their existence without a specialized assessment. This is where an NVLD neuropsychological evaluation comes in.
NVLDs Are Often Not Noticed Until Later
With many disabilities, particularly verbal disabilities, realizing their existence occurs early in your child’s life. This is particularly true for conditions that affect mental development, or those that affect speech. However, NVLDs are often not noticed until later in childhood development, because these children have strong verbal skills and usually have good rote memory.
How Does an NVLD Neuropsychological Evaluation Work?
The actual evaluation process will vary depending on the needs and challenges unique to your child. However, there are many potential components to that may be needed. These include elements as wide ranging as behavioral assessments and fine motor skill testing, executive function testing, memory testing, achievement testing, IQ testing, laterality and sequencing testing, emotional development measurement, and more.
What Happens After a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Once the evaluation has been completed, your child’s non-verbal learning disabilities will be identified. Based on this identification, you build a better understanding of your child’s needs, but treatment methods can also be determined. In most instances, following treatment plans will help to alleviate most of the symptoms of your child’s disability. In many cases, children are able to completely overcome the disability and live normal, happy lives.
If your child is struggling in school, or you believe he or she may have a non-verbal learning disability, contact Dr. Joshua Shifrin to learn more about your options, or to schedule an NVLD neuropsychological evaluation. You can pay a visit to Facebook page for more information.