Boulder Creek Academy helps students with learning and social difficulties develop important life skills alongside their classroom education. Among the adolescent-age individuals Boulder Creek Academy works with are those who have nonverbal learning disabilities.
Oftentimes, people think of trouble with skills such as reading and writing when they think of disabilities related to learning. However, it’s possible for a child to have an excellent vocabulary as well as the ability to communicate at a high level with words and still have a learning disability. In particular, nonverbal learning disabilities, where an individual has problems with abstract concepts and social skills, fall into this category.
Children with nonverbal learning disabilities may have difficulty making friends and relating to others for a number of reasons. For instance, they may have trouble interpreting another person’s body language during a conversation, thereby missing out on important communication cues. Similarly, they might not be able to understand a person’s tone, and as a result aren’t able to tell when someone is being sarcastic.
Due to these difficulties, individuals with nonverbal learning disabilities often take messages very literally, do not realize when they are talking too much, or act in other ways that can hinder communication. However, with appropriate therapeutic attention, these individuals can learn to develop their skills in social situations.