Summer for the NVLD child

Well, for most kids, school is out.  What to do? Children with nonverbal learning disabilities may want to have summers that are less structured than the typical child and they may resist your imposing structure on them.  But, for some, the lack of structure may be disruptive. Only you can tell about your child, but […]

Getting over a learning disability

Question; How can an adult get over a learning disability? My answer: I don’t think you overcome learning disabilities, but you can learn ways to get around them or avoid them – sometimes. And sometimes, they remain a problem. I’m still LD. I still overestimate time; I get lost everywhere; I don’t read faces; I […]

Work accommodations

Question: What accommodations are helpful for those with learning disabilities at work? My answer: It depends on the learning disability. But some general points: At work (unlike school) I don’t think the LD person should ask for (much less demand) accommodations. Rather, the LD person should offer them. This is somewhat a question of attitude. […]

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 […]