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 here are some thoughts.

Before imposing some structure, talk about it with your  child.

Let your child help with the choice of structure.

Allow a minimum of structure and see what happens.

Get your child some things so that he or she can structure their own time.


  1. As an adult with this disorder who was diagnosed only 2 years ago (and it’s still not my official diagnosis) I was one who HATED structure and I still do somewht. My anxiety is worst in novel situations and most of these “structured activities” involved new and unfamiliar environments with a lot of strangers. I’m also someone who needs to feel like I have control over what’s happening to me, so being forced into things was just be a bad idea on all fronts. I would’ve liked to do something, but that was my choice. Also, if you’re going to have structure, stick with activities your child will excel at, otherwise their summers won’t be much fun.

  2. Thanks for the comments, Katie! I agree.

  3. As an addendum to Katie’s post, do you have trouble doing things you don’t excel at? As this is an issue for me, and puts me off doing a lot of things!

  4. No, I do lots of stuff I don’t excel at, like playing chess and bridge. I think you have to figure that, with things not related to your career or to life and death stuff, if you enjoy it, you win.

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