Strategies for people with NVLD

Question: What are some strategies that have been helpful for people with nonverbal learning disorders? My answer: There hasn’t been a lot of research on it, but my own findings (based just on what I’ve heard and read, not scientific really) are that we like words. Tell us things. In words. Pretend we’re blind. Pretend […]

NVLD and other disabilities

Question: How does nonverbal learning disability differ from other disabilities? My answer: In what we are disabled about. The differences with physical disabilities are pretty clear, so I won’t go into them. Perhaps the condition we are closest to (whether you regard it as a disability or not) is autism or the autism ballpark. But […]

On superiority

Question: Is it wrong to accept that due to your disability, another person will be superior? My answer: “Superior” is much too broad a term. Some people are better than I am at some things. Some of this is due to my learning disability, some isn’t. On the other hand, I am better than some […]

A saying I really don’t like

Did you ever hear someone say If you say “I can” or “I can’t” you’re right ? Well, I think this is a terrible saying.

Valentine’s day and the NLD child

Valentine’s day is an odd holiday.  Schools are open, work is open, everything is open, yet it’s celebrated anyway.  And it’s a horrible holiday for many NLD children (and adults) because we often have problems with friendship and romance and Valentine’s day is all about romance in adulthood and the precursors to romance in kids. […]

Why can’t you be less organized?

Say WHAT?  Less organized?  Has Peter finally flipped his lid?  Well …. maybe :-)!  But let me explain.

Don’t tell me to try harder!

When I was a kid, my report cards often had comments like “Peter would do better if he applied himself”.  This always made me want to apply my fist to the teacher’s face!  (I never actually hit a teacher, I made their lives miserable other ways).  It’s the same message as “try harder”. No. You […]

I never saw an executive function

In the field of learning disabilities there is a lot of talk about executive function.  The NCLD has a whole page about it.  It involves Executive function is a set of mental processes that helps connect past experience with present action. People use it to perform activities such as planning, organizing, strategizing, paying attention to […]

Stress makes everything worse: But what is stress?

Does your kid sometimes seem to react one way to something and then, another time, react totally differently? Does a particular thing sometimes delight her or, at least, not bother her and other times cause a meltdown? Does this puzzle you? Well, a lot of you NT people (maybe all …) are exactly the same […]

Adventures in NLD Land: Hotel Corridors

I was away over the weekend and stayed in a large hotel.  Like most such places, the rooms were all along long corridors.  I think I went to my room (and out again) 6 times or so over the weekend.  And …. I never knew which way to go!  Each time I went to my […]