Popular Misconceptions About NLD

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Some Popular Misconceptions About NLD


Over the last few years, we have encountered a number of common misconceptions regarding NLD.

The following is a listing of some of these. Each of these is followed by a reference to other sections of this website wherein information about them is discussed. (For example, the Questions relate to entries in the Questions and Answers section of the site.)

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.)

The language of persons with NLD is very well-developed and of excellent quality. (see Question #5 and #25.)

Persons with NLD exhibit excellent reading. (see Content and Dynamics and Question #5.)

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.)

All persons with NLD exhibit at a least a 10-point discrepancy between Verbal IQ and Performance IQ, favouring Verbal IQ. (see Questions #10 and #11.)

NLD is too "rare" to warrant much scientific or practical interest. (see NLD and Neurological Disease, Question #6, and #13.)

Most individuals with NLD grow out of it and demonstrate good adjustment as adults, even when they do not get a lot of help in school. (see Questions #14, #18, #19, #27, #29, #33, #34, #38, and #40.)

Children who withdraw from peers and isolate themselves should be left alone; they will make friends when they feel ready. (see Questions #14, #18, #19, and #38.)

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).

There is no satisfactory definition of NLD, for either research or clinical purposes. (See NLD Content and Dynamics and Questions 1, 2, 3, 10, 36, 42)

Psychosocial dysfunction is one of the defining characteristics of NLD (see NLD Content and Dynamics and Questions #18 and #47).

Persons with NLD are prone to the development of Schizophrenia. (See Question #48).

Deficits in visual-spatial skills are the primary cause of psychosocial disturbances in persons with NLD. (See Questions #18 and #50).