A New Leaf girl is typically struggling in the home and academically with a number of Behaviors and may have been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, hi-polar disorder, a nonverbal learning disability
, Asperger's Syndrome, a mood disorder, anxiety, OCD, oppositional defiant disorder, and school and/or social phobias.
Mamen (a clinical psychologist specializing in learning disabilities) introduces parents and school professionals to the prevailing symptoms of Nonverbal Learning Disability
in school-age children and characterizes its four sub-types (perceptual, social, written expressive, and attentional); she also addresses its relationship to pattern recognition.
These are just some of the myriad challenges faced by individuals with a Nonverbal Learning Disability
Quirky children do not fit into categories, but among the diagnoses sometimes applied are sensory integration dysfunction, autistic spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-NOS (not otherwise specified), Asperger's syndrome, nonverbal learning disability
, pragmatic language disorder, right hemispheric dysfunction, or motor planning difficulties.
To illustrate his conceptualization, Palombo uses five common learning disorders: dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, executive dysfunction disorder, nonverbal learning disability
, and Asperger's disorder.