Some Popular Misconceptions About NLD
Over the last few years, we have encountered a number of common misconceptions regarding NLD.
When children with NLD can demonstrate a particular skill in class but then do not perform the same skill in another class or when doing their homework, it just shows that they are manipulative or lazy. (see NLD Content and Dynamics.)
There must be a particular gene for NLD. (see the NLD and Neurological Disease section for a listing of several different genetic diseases that include NLD in their phenotype.)
NLD is nothing more than another way of referring to a pattern of relatively deficient mechanical arithmetic in the context of well-developed single-word reading and spelling. (see NLD Content and Dynamics, Question #8, and Question #36.)
Parents of children with NLD tend to be over-protective and indulgent and this generally prevents their children from developing. The best advice for parents is to just "back off." (see Question #20.)
The challenges of NLD can be overcome if you just set up a good discipline plan with clear rewards and consequences. (see Question #21.)
Children with NLD say rude and disrespectful things because they are hungry for attention and their parents are lax in setting limits. (see Question #22.)
To classify/diagnose NLD and design an effective treatment programme, all one need do is use one of the readily available checklists/rating scales. (see Question #37)
The apparently excellent verbal/linguistic skills of persons with NLD would suggest that they would be (a) good candidates for insight-oriented dynamic psychotherapy (see Question #23) and (b) able to direct their behaviour adaptively in a wide variety of situations (see Questions #4, #5, #19, and #27).
There is an "Autistic Spectrum" along which NLD lies (see Question #41).
Persons with NLD are prone to the development of Schizophrenia. (See Question #48).