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Nonverbal Learning Options in the Classroom

Students who have nonverbal learning disabilities or prefer nonverbal communication may have difficulty with social skills and critical thinking. They need specific instruction on exactly what they need to do. They often do not like changes to their routine also.  

Here is a list of ways you can accommodate for this in your classroom. Accommodations: What They Are | Understood 


Classroom Routine Suggestions:  

  • Create a routine and stick to it as much as possible  

  • Clearly state and post what schedules, rules, and expectations are. It’s a good idea to make sure this is in eyesight of your non verbal student.  

  • Laminate a schedule card for them to keep on or in their desk.  

  • Give your student enough time to understand and prepare for new activities or changes in routine such as a field trip or projects.  

  • Include your student in making decisions such as where there desk is.  


Here is an article that lays out several ideas, suggestions, and resources for you:  

Classroom Accommodations for Nonverbal Learning Disabilities | Understood