Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Clinical Perspective

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The effects of nonverbal learning disabilities on a child's social and emotional development.
A nonverbal learning disability (NLD) is a developmental disorder that impairs a person's capacity to perceive, express, and understand nonverbal (nonlinguistic) signs. The dysfunctions affect behaviors, social interactions, perceptions and feelings regarding oneself and others, and emerging personality patterns. NLD constrains an individual's capacity to function in a wide variety of ...

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Overview

The effects of nonverbal learning disabilities on a child's social and emotional development.
A nonverbal learning disability (NLD) is a developmental disorder that impairs a person's capacity to perceive, express, and understand nonverbal (nonlinguistic) signs. The dysfunctions affect behaviors, social interactions, perceptions and feelings regarding oneself and others, and emerging personality patterns. NLD constrains an individual's capacity to function in a wide variety of domains, including the academic, social, emotional, and vocational. Parents and clinicians often have difficulty understanding and helping children and adolescents who are simultaneously cherished and whose functioning is hampered by the condition.
Based on current neurobehavioral research, this book brings together perspectives drawn from the three major domains of knowledge about NLD—neurobehavioral, social, and intrapersonal. From the neurobehavioral perspective, Palombo provides a research-based phenomenological description of the NLD child's symptoms. From the social perspective, he presents the child's social context and how that contributes (in positive and negative ways) to the child's skills and deficits. From the intrapersonal perspective, he introduces the concept of mindsharing as basic to understand the development of the sense of self in children with NLD.
In Part I, readers are introduced to NLD as it presents in the clinic with a review of the etiology and symptomatology of the syndrome reflected in a case study. The author then goes on to describe the neurobehavioral profile of NLD (including its psychological and social dimensions). In Part II the social perspective and intrapersonal aspect of NLD are considered. Palombo describes the impact of the syndrome on social functioning, social communication, and emotional functioning. At the close of this part, readers find a clear articulation of the four NLD subtypes.
The intrapersonal area is addressed in Part III where Palombo presents the concept of mindsharing—i.e., the ability of one person to both know and feel what another person is experiencing. Because they lack a capacity for mindsharing, children and adolescents affected by the syndrome often fail not only a social and emotional connection with others but also experience a lack of cohesion in their own sense of self. Finally, in Part IV, Palombo presents a therapeutic approach to working with youth with NLD. Drawing together the various clinical insights from earlier in the book, these last chapters synthesize the material and highlight the most important aspects so as to best guide the treatment of children and adolescents.
Addressed to clinicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, and other psychotherapists, this book is a fund of knowledge and clinical wisdom for working with youth with NLD. It offers an overarching paradigm relevant to all professionals and parents alike as they care for effected children and adolescents.

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Editorial Reviews

The Psychologist
“This is an intellectually stimulating book which made me reflect upon my daily practice of assessing complex children who are often 'in the mix' of many overlapping difficulties.”
Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
“[A] major contribution to the understanding of not only children with nonverbal learning disabilities, but also those with ADHD or Asperger’s disorder and other children who lack social skills. The author has made the effort to integrate neuroscience and behavioral science. The results show all professionals and parents how to help these children with special needs.”
PsycCRITIQUES
“Palombo is an experienced clinician, and his text is rich in clinical examples that provide valuable word pictures of the disorder and its impact on children's social functioning, interpersonal behavior, and subjective experience.”
Psychiatric Services
“Palombo focuses on work with children, but the therapeutic goal of promoting cohesion in self narratives is relevant to all persons with
NLD. The book is valuable as well for assessment professionals. It identifies subtypes of NLD, differentiates NLD from Asperger's syndrome, and includes an excellent summary of the social-emotional symptoms of NLD in the appendix.”
Stanley I. Greenspan
“Comprehensive, insightful, and practical, Joe Palombo's new book, Nonverbal Learning Disabilities, will enable mental health professionals and educators to better understand the inner life of children with learning challenges. Remarkable in its clinical scope and depth, it provides thoughtful descriptions of the different ways in which these learning challenges affect children and their families—ranging from daily learning and social interactions to the deepest feelings and sense of self.”
Louis Cozolino
“Nonverbal Learning Disabilities is a well-integrated exploration of a fascinating and complex topic. A serious scholar and compassionate therapist, Palombo combines his considerable clinical experience with research from neuroscience and psychopathology to expand our understanding of learning disabilities and provide us with practical intervention strategies. Palombo rewards readers with a deep understanding of Nonverbal Learning Disabilities and clear insight into many relevant areas of research. This book educates, elucidates, and inspires further exploration.”
Steven Nowicki
“This is a book for anyone who is interested in learning about the true nature of nonverbal learning disability. Joseph Palombo is one of the early pioneers in the study and treatment of children with this disorder. He knows and understands them as only an involved clinician can, and this expertise shows in his clear descriptions of what NLD is and how it interferes with children's attempts to make satisfactory lives for themselves. I believe that this book will become the standard in the field for those seeking to understand this debilitating disorder.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393704785
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/27/2006
  • Series: Norton Professional Bks.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Palombo is founding dean and faculty member of the Institute for Clinical Social Work, Chicago, faculty member of the Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Therapy Program, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, and research coordinator, Rush Neurobehavioral Center, Rush Children's Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago. Recipient of the Annual Reiss-Davis Chair, awarded to a mental health professional that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

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Table of Contents

1 Clinical presentation 17
2 Neurobehavioral profile of NLD 25
3 Neurobehavioral theories of the social features of NLD 38
4 Impaired social functioning 67
5 Impaired social communication 83
6 Impaired emotional functioning 108
7 The social features of NLD subtypes 125
8 Mindsharing, aloneness, and attachment 147
9 Self-cohesion and narrative coherence 166
10 Disorders of the self in NLD 181
11 NLD and Asperger's disorder 205
12 Restoring self-cohesion and narrative coherence 221
13 Attending to caregivers 248
14 Conclusion : the challenges ahead 278
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    A guide to therapies and development.

    Joseph Palombo's Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: A Clinical Perspective covers a disorder which impairs a person's ability to perceive and understand nonverbal signs. This lack of perception affects everything from behavior patterns and social interactions to personality and affects individuals across all realms of life. Current neurobehavioral research draws together the latest findings on NLD in a book that serves as both an overview of the condition and as a guide to therapies and development.

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