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Tall, Shy, Awkward Girl in the Corner: My NVLD Story, by Amy-Summer

By NVLD Bloggers

I have NVLD. I have major struggles with it. I have always struggled immensely with math, sport hand eye coordination, bumping into things, taking notes, processing information, and also the social struggles. I’m also super tall so I’m more noticeable. I have been severely bullied over the years. Screamed at by teachers for not getting the work done. Punished for my continued crying in math when I’m so behind and looked at like I’m stupid. I also have extreme social anxiety. Never picked for sport. Never touch the ball. Laughed at. Always in the low level group of math. The class was 3/4/5/6. I was year 6 in the equivalent of year 2-3 and they would always have who was in what group on the board. I was invisible yet the most seen in pictures. It took 3 years of private tutoring where my maths tutor really understood how I processed information. Because of that and her adapting to the way I learn, I was able to learn, grasp and more importantly get over my fear of maths and feel validated and actually enjoy it. Read More

Moving Out, by Oscar

By NVLD Bloggers

Moving out when having NVLD has its challenges. Especially money and that comes into play when it comes to things like paying rent, groceries, etc. When I moved out in October 2020, I had to grasp the understanding of the fact that pay is so important. If I didn’t have the right amount of income, I wasn’t going to be able to move out, so with my mum and brother we sat down and they explained to me and laid everything out in terms of the pay and more. It’s a scary thing because what’s happening is – is you’re on your own in a way…. Yes I have my older brother there but you’re essentially grown up and you have to learn to live without your mum. I had to learn to cook, take readings, find my way to work, all things that can be a lot to take in. For cooking, I use an app called Tasty from a work colleague, and that works perfectly because the steps are broken down through video and I still use it to this day. Now we’re in March 2022 and I think I’ve done pretty well and am very happy overall.

Oscar

Hello, my name is Oscar and I have NVLD – Non-Verbal Learning Disability, I was diagnosed with it at the age of 9. The first sign that I had a learning difficulty was when I was in school and I didn’t know my 2x table, that was a sign for my mum that I should see someone. We saw multiple specialists and none of them got it correct….. until we met Doctor Johnathan Williams,  a child psychiatrist. He was the one that officially diagnosed me with NVLD.

The Challenges and Rewards of Inclusion in Sports Part B, by Eileen

By NVLD Bloggers

Running Cross-country was a similar experience to running Winter and Spring Track; however, the bumps I encountered were different. My gross motor and spatial skills deficits were often the triggers for these bumps. These skills are necessary to navigate the course and to run hills successfully. Because Cross-Country is trail running, gross motor and spatial deficiencies become more of an issue. While this challenge may seem discouraging, the successful memories will outweigh the hard times, like in Track. Read More

Comorbidity: NLD and Chronic Migraine Condition, by Jennifer

By NVLD Bloggers

Some of you may know that I have NLD, but I also have a chronic migraine condition. I’ve had it for eight years. I can’t remember when was the last time I didn’t wake up with, go to bed with, or try to sleep with one. I also can’t remember the last time I was able to keep my hands warm all day. I can handle having NLD except for when I have a meltdown. But it’s more difficult for me to handle having my head hurt every day with varying degrees of pain.  Read More

The Challenges and Rewards of Inclusion in Sports Part A, by Eileen

By NVLD Bloggers

While I am a true believer that inclusion in sports is successful, given I was a three-season runner, I feel it is important for you to be aware there may be some bumps in the road as you become a success story. Being part of a team successfully requires many important skills, including having appropriate social skills/behavior, being a great communicator, a strong listener, and possessing a high level of determination, which can be for some students with an NVLD or similar disability at first challenging and very disheartening. However, in the end, I believe all the successful memories will outweigh the hard moments.

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The NVLD Project Interview with Social Ambassador, Jennifer, on her Podcast

By NVLD Bloggers

Social Ambassador Jennifer Purcell, otherwise known as the Ever-Changing Butterfly, shares a deeper look into her NVLD podcast with the NVLD Project Team! Jennifer created her podcast, Living with an Invisible Learning Challenge, to raise awareness and understanding for NVLD. Her podcast is available on several platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Audible, and more.

The general population’s lack of knowledge surrounding NVLD makes her podcast all the more critical and relevant regarding efforts to secure the inclusion of Non-Verbal Learning Disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Detailing the ways she overcame her own challenges and inspiring others to do the same, her podcast becomes a network to educate people and build a larger community for those living with NVLD. Read more about her experience creating this podcast, interviewing others, and sharing it with the world in our interview with her below! Read More

An Introduction, by Oscar

By NVLD Bloggers

Hello, my name is Oscar and I have NVLD – Non-Verbal Learning Disability, I was diagnosed with it at the age of 9. The first sign that I had a learning difficulty was when I was in school and I didn’t know my 2x table, that was a sign for my mum that I should see someone. We saw multiple specialists and none of them got it correct….. until we met Doctor Johnathan Williams,  a child psychiatrist. He was the one that officially diagnosed me with NVLD.
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