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Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: The Syndrome and the Model 1st Edition

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"Should be of interest to all professionals dealing with children with learning disabilities, whether from a clinical or research perspective."--Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
(Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 1989-05-07)

"This is a scholarly book based on research and experience. It is fascinating reading for those interested in brain based learning and behavior, and includes a good deal of information to which school psychologists possibly have no further access. It presents an in-depth view of nonverbal learning disabilities much more comprehensive than just the Verbal-Performance discrepancy' widely used. It also addresses the aspect of social learning disabilities, an area in which very little research has taken place. I found this book to be an invaluable resource, well worth reading."--School Psychology in Illinois
(School Psychology in Illinois 1989-05-07)

About the Author

Byron P. Rourke is Professor of Psychology and University Professor at the University of Windsor and a member of the faculty of the Child Study Center, School of Medicine, Yale University. Past President of the International Neuropsychological Society and of the Division of Clinical Neuropsychology of the American Psychological Association, he is cofounder and coeditor of the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, The Clinical Neuropsychologist and Child Neuropsychology and serves on the editorial boards of a number of scientific and professional journals. He was the 1994 recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Practice of Psychology. His authored, coauthored, and edited books include Nonverbal Learning Disabilities Child Neuropsychology Learning Disabilities and Psychosocial Functioning Neuropsychological Validation of Learning Disability Subtypes Neuropsychological Assessment of Children Neuropsychology of Learning Disabilities.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 253 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 1 edition (May 5, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898623782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898623789
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,837,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is considered one of the seminal works describing Non-verbal Learning Disabilities, and the data are quite informative, I find the writing heavy and laborious. It's probably worth slogging through it if you have a professional interest, but, otherwise, look for something more accessible.
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If you're willing to work to slog through it. However, Rourke is guilty of ignoring data that don't fit his view of NVLD/NLD. For example, he states repeatedly that the line between HFA (high-functioning autism) and Asperger's Syndrome is so blurred that the two should not be characterized as different conditions. On the same sort of muddy evidence, however, he claims that NLD is a separate condition for Asperger's Syndrome: despite the near identical "required symptoms" for the two conditions, despite the shared common comorbidities (such as dyscalculia, dysgraphia, depression, problems with visuo-spatial orientation, sensory integration disorder, etc., etc.), and despite extensive research including a study by Klin and Volkmar (much admired researchers in the field of autism and Asperger's) that showed that some 80% of their Asperger's clients at the Yale Child Study Center diagnostically "overlapped" with the NLD criteria proposed by Rourke.

Rourke has proposed guidelines for diagnosing NLD for the next revision of the ICD-10. This, of course, assumes that NLD continues to be classified separately from Asperger's Syndrome, and not as a "milder version".

I, by the way, have two professional diagnoses of Asperger's Syndrome, and another professional diagnosis of NLD with Asperger's Characteristics.
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