The other day I was trying to describe how my disability works.
Those of you who have tried to do this about NLD will know that it isn’t easy. Describing some LDs is easier: Dyslexia involves trouble with reading; dyscalculia involves trouble with math. There are subtleties, but the general notion is clear. But what exactly does NLD cause trouble with? Sometimes I say “space and time” but that’s not very specific.
One problem I have is visual memory. Or, rather, my problem is that I have very little visual memory. But most people don’t seem to really get it when I say that. Oh, they know the words….. but they don’t get it.
I pointed out that I don’t, offhand, remember what color my bedroom walls are. This struck her as remarkable. It turns out that she could easily remember the color of all the rooms in her apartment. She thought this was pretty usual; she didn’t think of herself as having an unusually good visual memory.
So, when I got home, I looked at my bedroom walls. They are yellow. The ceiling is white. I now remember that. But I remember it verbally “walls are yellow, ceiling is white” rather than visually.
Let me know in the comments if you are similar to me (if you have NLD) or to my friend (if you don’t have NLD). And let me know if this helps you understand NLD.