What is Nonverbal Learning Disorder?

Nonverbal Learning Disorder — also known as Nonverbal Learning Disability, NLD or NVLD — is a descriptor for one form of neurodivergence. “Having NLD” means having very strong verbal reasoning skills, but struggling with other forms of communication.

People with NLD have specific learning needs and may take longer than average to learn life skills. Children and students with NLD often require accommodations in order to learn effectively in a typical classroom. When these needs are not met, it often results in failure or in depression or anxiety. NLD is usually considered a learning disability.

Having NLD is in some ways similar to having ADD and in other ways similar to being autistic. Some people may use more than one of these labels to describe themselves.