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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Nonverbal learning disability (NVLD) is increasingly recognized as a distinct clinical entity with detrimental outcomes, but clear potential for treatment. This book explores the syndrome and methods for treating and accommodating children with it.
Purpose: The aim is to provide a multidisciplinary perspective on the treatment of nonverbal learning disabilities and to review the literature or lack thereof, as the case might be, in each area.
Audience: The book is intended for a broad audience of clinical professionals and paraprofessionals who work with children with learning disorders. The editors have previously published on nonverbal learning disabilities, including a book in 2011. The contributing authors have relevant experience, but not of the usual scholarly star power seen in other books.
Features: One the one hand, this book provides what seem to be useful, practical suggestions for NVLD interventions. On the other hand, there is little research support for the suggestions in many of the chapters. In many respects, it reads like a personal account of what individuals do in their clinics, rather than a research-based review of the literature. This can be useful if readers are aware of this ahead of time and approach it with healthy skepticism. There are some nuggets of wisdom regarding interventions that readers will appreciate, but they also will need to wade through some rather simplistic and unnecessary information in a book intended for professionals. A redeeming point is the broad range of topics that should leave readers satisfied with the possibilities for intervention, but some topic areas are clearly outside the author's expertise and could raise questions about the credibility of the information.
Assessment: This book presents a wide variety of practical interventions for children with NVLD that could be tried in a clinic or school. However, readers need to approach it analytically and critically, given the dearth of research support and clear overreach on certain topics.