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Free Webinar Replay: Could It Be Nonverbal Learning Disability? An Overlooked LD in Kids with ADHD

In this webinar, Amy Margolis, Ph.D, explains how to identify and treat NVLD.

Nonverbal Learning Disability (NVLD) is poorly understood and frequently seen in children with ADHD. NVLD is defined by core deficits in visual and spatial abilities, and difficulty with social interactions and/or math skills.

Children with NVLD often have other difficulties including problems with executive functioning, fine motor skills, anxiety, and pragmatic (social) language. As a result, these children often experience social and academic challenges. Since NVLD is not well understood, children with NVLD are often first diagnosed with ADHD before the NVLD is recognized. This late diagnosis can lead to missed opportunities for intervention. Medication and behavior therapy may help reduce symptoms of ADHD, but children with NVLD also need targeted treatment for the deficits and limitations that come with that condition. Children do best when they get help from a team of professionals — a neuropsychologist, occupational therapist, education specialist, and a speech and language therapist.

In this webinar you will learn:
1. How to distinguish symptoms of NVLD from those of ADHD
2. The importance of an accurate, early diagnosis
3. Why clinicians often misdiagnose NVLD
4. Signs of NVLD that parents should look for
5. How NVLD affects children in the classroom
6. Strategies parents can use to help a child with NVLD
7. Practical tips to help teachers modify instruction for students with NVLD

Meet the Expert Speaker:

Amy Margolis, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist at Columbia University Medical Center in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry where she leads neuroimaging studies of NVLD, Reading Disorder, and the effects of the chemical environment on the developing brain and the manifestation of learning problems. Her research is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, The NVLD Project, and Promise Project at Columbia. She is also Director of Neuropsychology at the Brooklyn Learning Center where she trains neuropsychologists to assess and treat children with learning disabilities and ADHD. For more information, contact her at margola@nyspi.columbia.edu, info@brooklynlearningcenter.com, or www.brooklynlearningcenter.com.

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This ADHD Experts webinar was first broadcast live on January 26, 2017.

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