By Prof. Cesare Cornoldi, Irene C. Mammarella PhD, Jodene Goldenring Fine PhD, Linda S. Siegel
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That both groups performed more poorly in the backward version of the digit span, while a forward/backward discrepancy was seen only for the children with NLD in the Corsi Block- Tapping Task. In fact, children with NLD had more difficulty than typically developing children in remembering locations in the backward version. , a simultaneous mental representation of the 26 NON V E R B A L L E A R N I NG DIS A BI L I T I E S pathway as a whole), thus facilitating its recall starting from the last item.
1). Three studies testing the ability to interpret and recognize facial expressions in children with NLD have been published: Dimitrovsky, Spector, Levy-Shiff, and Vakil (1998) and Bloom and Heath (2010) used Pictures of Facial Affect (PFA; Ekman & Friesen, 1976) to measure the interpretation of facial expressions. The PFA is a series of 110 black-and-white photographs of Caucasian adults who were asked to display seven expressions: anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, surprise, and a neutral state.
Nonetheless, many researchers have noted the similarity between NLD and HFA (also known as Asperger syndrome [AS]) particularly in regard to difficulties with nonverbal communication and the ability to maintain friendships (Rourke, 2000). One of the issues confounding research on social functioning in NLD is this symptomatic proximity to the autism spectrum. , 2013, for a critical review). In a recent study involving more than 100 Emotional and Social Difficulties 43 children, more than 30% of the children previously diagnosed with NLD who self-referred to a research study on NLD met criteria for AS or HFA based on DSM-IV-TR and Autism Diagnostic Interview—Revised criteria (Jodene Goldenring Fine, personal data).