Just as its name implies, nonverbal learning disorder is a silent disorder that is affecting many of today’s children. Unfortunately, due to the unique nature of the disorder it can be extremely difficult to diagnose, and children may suffer in silence into adolescence or beyond.
What exactly is nonverbal learning disorder:
Nonverbal learning disorder is a disorder that affect’s nonverbal domains such as visual processing, spatial relationships, and gross motor abilities. It is often attributed to weak visual processing skills and dysfunction in the right brain hemisphere. Nonverbal learning disorder can be difficult to diagnose because children with the disorder generally have very strong verbal skills, auditory processing and memory retention and tend to have average to above average IQ’s.
Common symptoms of nonverbal learning disorder:
Nonverbal learning disorder manifests as difficulties with spatial, visual, organizational and intuitive functions. Children with nonverbal learning disorder often have difficulty with the following:
Interpreting and processing visual information
- Tying shoelaces
- Telling time
- Problem solving
- Motor skills
- Reading and interpreting social cues
There are a number of treatment options for parents to explore if their child suffers from nonverbal learning disorder. Working with a vision therapist is extremely beneficial, as they can help to strengthen and retrain a child’s visual processing system through a number of different programs and exercises. Other options also include social skills training to help children better interpret social cues and interact with their peers. Occupational therapy is also helpful in improving a child’s motor skills and enhancing their coordination.
How can the Qball help children with nonverbal learning disorder:
The Qball is a fun, easy way for children with nonverbal learning disorder to strengthen and improve their visual processing system. When children play with the Qball they are exercising their gross motor skills and vision simultaneously, resulting in improved hand-eye coordination, reaction times and focus. The Qball also allows children to engage in fun mathematical and memory games, which translates into higher grades and increased self-confidence.