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Rev Neurol. 2004 Feb;38 Suppl 1:S33-8.

[The characteristics of non-verbal learning disorder].

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  • 1Hospital Santa Creu i Sant Pau, Barcelona, EspaƱa.



Non verbal learning disorder (NLD) appears to be the consequence of an alteration in the cognitive functions linked to the right hemisphere. It is characterised by the coexistence of difficulties in carrying out social skills, poor academic achievement, low visuospatial skills and motor clumsiness.


In this paper, information from the medical literature and the authors' own experience are taken as the basis to describe the most relevant clinical manifestations and the cognitive behavioural profile presented by children with NLD. Bearing in mind the similarity between NLD and Asperger's syndrome, we have also attempted to highlight the differences between the two developmental disorders.

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