What is intervention program for NLD?
NLD is often underdiagnosed because of NLD child's premature language skill regarding verbal aptitude, which parents and teachers can be mistaken to think that the child is academically successful and socially smart. When their multi-faceted deficits start to show as educational material grows more complex, parents can attribute these failures to bad parenting (pamper their kids to much) or simply to unruly personality. The truth is the opposite. NLD can seriously impair academic performance, social skills development, professional achievements and emotional experiences.
If parents are aware of the common signs of LDs, they will recognise the potential problems early. When children shows signs of learning problems, parents and teachers are usually the first notice that something does not seem right. However, learning where to find reliable information and knowing what to do can be quite a challenge. Parents should never ever delay the process of finding special assistance and reliable information. Parents understand how their children struggle throughout their daily tasks, and should know something is not right, rather than marginalising the issue as if their children are simply overreacting, behaving badly or having a bad time at school. The only wrong thing to do is to do nothing. The more parents delay seeking help, the more their children's self-esteem sinks and full potential erodes. It it never too early to look for assistance.
The first step is to recognize, accept a LD as a life long issue and understand the LD itself. Parents need to learn about how to deal with their children's LD, encourage their strengths and improve their weaknesses, and actively work with professionals from schools and hospitals. With the early discovery of LD and the right interventions, children and adults who have LD can develop skills that would help them succeed in school and in life. For example, a study by American National Institutes of Health found out that 90% of children with a LD can read properly if they get help by the 1st grade, but only 25% of children with a LD can do so if they get help after the age of nine.
Encouragement is crucial during intervention program. Children with NLD need to be reminded that with practice and step by step work, they can improve their skills and lead a normal social life. They need to be aware that their brain is wired differently from other children, and they need a special strategy to make the most of their abilities. They need to be reassured that the extra effort and time used to lessen deficits will bear fruits later in their life.
The way to teach and nurture a child with NLD is different from a child with Asperger Syndrome or Attention Deficit Disorder. To lessen their deficits and break out of NLD boundary to fulfil their life, they need to be taught to make the best out of their strengths. The essential key is to create a home and school environment that is supportive and nurturing so children with NLD feel more secure. Success for children with NLD focuses on individual learning and improvement. These simple steps below can suggest some directions on how to help them improve their skills
The following video illustrates how Abby Bell, a young adult with NLD, who used to be misdiagnosed with Asperger’s when she was a young child, has learnt how how to deal with it, and tells a story of what getting the proper diagnosis meant to her.
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