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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Special Needs Homeschooling
Learning Disabilities

Non-Verbal Learning Disorder (NVLD or NLD) and
Semantic-Pragmatic Learning Disorder (SPLD or SPD)

by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

These two disabilities are categorized as "language disabilities" seen as  
weakness in non-verbal communication, and trouble with language
comprehension and usage.  The diagnostic criteria for NVLD are based on
neuropsychological testing.  Semantic-Pragmatic Disorder can be
diagnosed by speech-language pathology testing.  These disorders both
show much over-lap with each other and with  Asperger's Syndrome

What is NVLD?  from LD Online

What is SPLD?  from Caroline Bowen, speech language pathologist

Details of
overlap between NVLD and SPLD and overlap between
NVLD and Aspergers (Hyperlexia)

The Lighthouse Project -- resources for NLD

The Source for Nonverbal Learning Disorders -- by Sue Thompson for
LinguiSystems, an understandable manual for the identification and
treatment of children with nonverbal learning disorders, several games and
teaching aids sold separately

Gifted-NLCD-AS -- a Yahoo! support group for gifted children with either  

Pragma -- a Yahoo! support group for semantic-pragmatic disorder