Bridging the Gap: Raising A Child With Nonverbal Learning Disorder

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Penguin, Apr 2, 2002 - Family & Relationships - 304 pages
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“A special-needs guide that comes to the rescue” (Carol Stock Kranowitz, author of The Out-of-Sync Child) of those who struggle with an increasingly common condition.

Millions of children suffer from Nonverbal Learning Disorder, a neurological deficit that prevents them from understanding nonverbal cues like tone of voice and facial expressions. Though they can be exceptionally bright and articulate, these children often have difficulty in social situations, and can become depressed, withdrawn, or anxious.

Varney Whitney, a pediatric occupational therapist and the parent of a child with NLD, offers practical solutions, the latest information, and all-new activities that will help parents put their child on the path to a happy, fulfilling life.

Topics include:
  • Getting a diagnosis
  • Developing a treatment plan
  • Helping your child make friends
  • Dealing with setbacks

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User Review  - Mary Anne Iseman -

This is the best book I have read about NLD. It offers a lot of practical advise and describes the ways NLD presents in a child's life. It is very positive, instead of the negative view of NLD. It gave me hope. Read full review


A Technical Definition
Sensory Integration
A Functional Description
A Personal Definition of NLD
A Day in the Life of a Child with NLD
Literal Speech
Correcting Adults
Make Learning Fun
Use Television as a Tool for Learning
Ask Your Child
Schedule in Extra Time
Schedule in Rest Times
Put People Before Objects
Anticipate and Prepare for Challenges of Travel
Assure Physical Safety

Sense of Humor
Jennifers Story
Daniels Story
Adams Story
SchoolBased Diagnosis
Independent Diagnosis
Making It Official
Distinguishing NLD from Other Diagnoses
The Prognosis
Your Response to the Diagnosis
Educate Your Spouse
Tell Your Child
Explain the Diagnosis
The Gift of NLD
Break Everything into Manageable Pieces
Put a Plan in Action
Making Choices
Balance Growth and WellBeing
Build Roots and Wings
Expose the Monkey Brain
Choose Discipline Rather Than Punishment
Use Logical Language
Have Appropriate Expectations
Preview and Rehearse
Interpret Controlling Behavior
Support Siblings
Handle Criticism ASAP
The Pleasures of Parenting Children with NLD
Teach Activities of Daily Living ADLs Early
Teach Organizational Skills
Think Aloud
Admit Your Idiosyncrasies or Personal Quirks
Foster Their Intellectual Lives
Assure Emotional Safety
Be Undauntable Around Abusive Teachers
Recognize Evil
Teach Basic Safety
Develop a Socially Appropriate Appearance
Learn Social Skills at Any Age
Evaluate Social Skills Groups
Have an Inviting Home
Concretize Invisible Rules
Assessing the School
Overcome Setbacks
IEP Teams
Guidelines for Effective IEPs
Using an Educational Consultant
Enforcement of the IEP
Special Issues for Children with NLD
Get Professional Help
Use Therapy As an OnRamp to Life Not As a Lifestyle
Choose a Therapist
When to Move On
Use Any Therapist As an Educator
Life Skills
Parent Groups
Occupational Therapy
Activities of Daily Living ADLs
Speech and Language Therapy
Vision Therapy
Behavior Therapy
Other Interventions
Use Every Lesson along the Way
Recommended Books
Web Sites
Sensory Strategies for Teachers
The Older Child and Teen

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About the author (2002)

Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PhD, is an occupational therapist and educator. Rondalyn's research in family quality of life, maternal stress, and role of emotional disclosure and perceived support for children and young adults with autism and related disorders and their families began when her own child was diagnosed with a poorly understood learning style. Rondalyn shares her humor in her writing and her work and is well known for her innovative evidence based social curriculum, her leadership, her expertise in sensory integration theory and her outstanding skills as a creative problem solver. She lives with her husband and two sons in Baltimore, Maryland and can frequently be seen pulling her younger son through the house on a sensory rich magic carpet ride or reminding her older son [now fluent in Japanese and Chinese and studying Linguistics] to not laugh at her West Virginia pronunciations.

Her book Bridging the Gap was the first book that outlined the hopeful potential and gift of Aspergers or Nonverbal Learning Disabilty.

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