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bright and articulate, these children often have difficulty in social situations, and can become depressed, withdrawn, or anxious.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


Title Page
Monkey Bars
Zacs Essay on Being Clumsy
The Controversy
Math in the Morning
Big Feelings
The Rules of Farting
Learning a Script
Trampling the Grass
Fourteen Traveling the Maze of Professional Interventions
Cracking the

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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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