As our readers know, learning disabilities—once referred to by the now derogatory term “mental retardation”—come in different varieties. One variety of learning disorder is classified as nonverbal. These individuals usually display average skills in language but fall below the average in mathematics and visual problem-solving.
Children with nonverbal learning disabilities are often initially taken as having Asperger’s syndrome, which is a high functioning form of autism. Although there are some similarities between these conditions, the research is showing that there are different causes behind them.
Fortunately, a researcher at Michigan State University has apparently come across evidence that there is an anatomical basis for nonverbal learning disabilities. This discovery is important, experts say, because it will allow parents, health care providers and educators to make the appropriate interventions.
Adults with learning disorders can and do live functional adult lives with gainful employment, but it isn’t always easy. Because of the challenges some of these individuals face, it isn’t uncommon to have to turn—at one point or another—to public benefits. Social Security disability does provide benefits to some individuals with learning disabilities, but it isn’t easy to meet the requirements.
For those with severe learning disabilities, it is important to provide qualify documentation of the condition or conditions. Those who are interested in helping an adult child obtain Social Security disability benefits do well to work with an experienced SSDI attorney. This ensures that the claim will have the best possible chance of approval, particularly if an appeal is required.
Source: MSU Today, “Shedding new light on learning disorders,” Andy Henion & Jodene Fine, November 20, 2013.