Symptom Tests

[Self-Test] Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD) in Adults

Could your social anxiety, lack of humor, and stubborn schedules suggest a nonverbal learning disorder (NLD)? Take this quick self-test to better understand the symptoms of NLD vs. ADHD.

Created from criteria from the Learning Disabilities Association of America.

Nonverbal learning disorder is a little-known condition that is characterized by visual/spatial challenges, motor difficulties, and trouble understanding nonverbal information — body language, innuendos, and abstract concepts. It’s not fully understood — and isn’t currently listed in the DSM — but it can affect anyone of any age, and can cause life-long problems if left untreated.

Adults with NLD may experience symptoms such as the following:

  • Often accused of being “too literal”
  • Anxious in social situations
  • Trouble reading maps or interpreting charts
  • A “homebody;” little interest in exploring the world or doing new things
  • Trouble dealing with change or unexpected setbacks, like a traffic jam

If you think you may be struggling with NLD, seek a diagnosis as soon as possible. Begin by taking the results of this self-test to your doctor or a neuropsychologist, who can help you sort out whether the symptoms you’re experiencing align with those of NLD.

This screener is designed to determine whether you show symptoms similar to those of nonverbal learning disorder, but it is not a diagnostic tool. A high score does not mean you have NLD. Only a trained healthcare professional can make a diagnosis through clinical evaluation. If you have concerns about possible NLD see a health or education professional. This screener is for personal use only.


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What To Do Next:

1. Learn What Nonverbal Learning Disorder Looks Like in Adults
2. Read How to Treat the Symptoms of NLD
3. Download Is It LD? Your Free Guide
4. Buy “The Signs & Symptoms of Learning Disabilities”

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