Do you know a child who is bright, charming and articulate, but has no friends? A child who showed early signs of intelligence, but is now floundering, academically and emotionally? Children with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NLD) are an enigma. They're children with extraordinary gifts and heartbreaking challenges that go far beyond the classroom. Nonverbal Learning Disabilities at Home explores the variety of daily life problems children with NLD may face, and provides practical strategies for parents to help them cope and grow, from preschool age through their challenging adolescent years. The author, herself the parent of a child with NLD, provides solutions to the everyday challenges of the disorder, from early warning signs and self-care issues to social skills and personal safety. User-friendly and highly practical, this book is an essential guide for parents in understanding and living with NLD, and professionals working with these very special children.
'The author has provided a book that is essential reading for caregivers of children and adolescents with NLD. It should not only be read but kept on hand for easy reference as the youngster develops. It should be valued as a rich source of helpful suggestions, and as a springboard for the creativity of the concerned caregiver. Pamela Tanguay has done all of us involved with the syndrome of NLD a great favor by providing this book.'
- from the foreword by Byron P. Rourke, FRSC
Table of Contents
Foreword. Introduction. 1. NLD – What is it? 2. Early warning signs. 3. The parent's role. 4. Self-help skills. 5. Fine motor skills. 6. Coordination, athletics and team sports. 7. Managing the environment. 8. Organization. 9. Thinking skills. 10. Communication skills. 11. Social skills. 12. Independent living skills. 13. Coping with change. 14. Safety issues. Afterword. Glossary of terms. References. Internet resources. Organizations. Index.
About the Author:
Pamela B. Tanguay is the mother of a teen daughter who was diagnosed with NLD at the age of nine. Since that time she has become an active advocate for individuals with NLD and related conditions. She is the owner and co-developer of the widely-acclaimed website NLD on the Web! Pam was a founding board member of ASC-US Inc., which is a national non-profit advocacy organization supporting neurologically-based communication disorders. She currently sits on their Advisory Board, and serves as Senior Editor of their newsletter, The Source. Pam, along with her husband and daughter, make their home in Tolland, CT, USA.