Non-Verbal Reasoning

What it is

An area of student need, involving a difficulty with recognizing and understanding concepts, especially with relations between patterns and complex problems.

Teaching Strategies

• Use language-based instructions frequently (oral and written).
• Directly teach problem-solving methods.
• Encourage the student to use oral and written methods to solve non-verbal problems (talking to self, writing steps).
• Frequently check for level of understanding.
• Chunk non-verbal tasks and give feedback frequently.
• Allow for additional time.


• Use preferential seating to limit distractions.
• Seat the student close to posted reference materials.


• Provide additional time.
• Ensure student understands test questions.
• Provide a choice of assignments with a written outline.