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Finally, somewhere to turn!, by Esther

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My daughter, who is now 22 and a college student, was diagnosed with NVLD at age 9. The testing, which resulted in her diagnosis, was initiated because of concerns over her behavioral and academic challenges. My husband and I did not know what to make of her frequent meltdowns, fears, panic attacks, problems with transitions and difficulties with writing, math and making friends until we were told that she had NVLD. At that time, very few teachers knew or understood NVLD. Although she attended schools that helped her complete elementary and high school, I believe that she is smarter and more capable than the programs that she has had to attend because mainstream schools were too much of a challenge. However, for two years she did successfully attend a public high school and took honors classes, but by junior year the pressure was really intense and she was unable to pass the Algebra I state mandated test.  I then took her out of state to attend a school that specialized in teaching kids with NVLD. School placement has been an incredible struggle!
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Finally, NVLD Makes Sense, by Merry

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My bright and verbal child started to show rocky behaviors in preschool. He was invited to leave a wonderful nature-based preschool because the owner could not manage his behaviors; we found a challenging and very academic preschool and that worked successfully for the rest of the year until kindergarten. School from that point, was a roller coaster depending on the educator. Read More

NVLD Rise and Fight, by Lisa

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My son Matthew is 14 years old. I am a specialist in special education and crisis therapy. At 15 months, Matthew exhibited signs similar to Asperger’s, at 15 months, I began DTT therapy within the home. His kindergarten teacher had concerns, not moved upon. Second grade, I referred him to SPED, some odd red flag behaviors, though high IQ, refused eligibility. Fifth grade preferred him again, shut down the meeting because the evaluations were filled with scoring errors and contained no observations in almost an effort to hide the red flags. His IQ is astronomical, therefore never eligible for SPED. Took his 5th grade evals to a neurologist who said the differentiation between his VIQ and PIQ scores, though within the superior to average range, substantiate he has NVLD.
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Frustration with Lack of Resources, by Dan and Rebecca

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I have to begin our story with the fact that I am a retired principal from a very progressive school. My wife is a Special Education teacher.  Together, we have spent the past 30 years helping students with a variety of abilities to learn, encouraging them, helping them to grow, developing parent understanding and creating a positive environment for them to experience failure and to succeed. We have raised two sons that are on their way to successful lives.
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My 12-Year-Old, by Elizabeth

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My smart, funny and witty started to show behavioral problems when he was young. It wasn’t until just after his 12th birthday that things finally surfaced. He had a psych evaluation to rule out autism-where I learned he had NLVD. Only that was where they left me. No mention of academic testing to learn his core deficits; I only knew he has NLVD. A teacher I stumbled upon when looking at homeschooling has sent me articles and links, including to your page.
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My Awakening, by Monie

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My name is Monie, I’m a Radio and TV personality here in the U.S, originally from London, England UK. I’m mother to 4 children, 2 of which are now adults. Of my younger children, boy aged 15 and girl aged 10, I have been met with the challenge of accepting this round won’t be the same as my first round raising my older daughters.

Specifically, my newest challenge has been with my 10-year-old daughter, whom has displayed both above average and also awkward and age inappropriate qualities among her peer group since Pre K and kindergarten years. At first I thought kids will be kids, and try their parents and any other authoritative figures, also kids get into spats with each other, it happens, but after moving several times with my job, and getting the same reports for the same types of occurrences from different schools, I had to allow myself the possibility that somewhere there may be a disconnect.
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I need support!, by Liz

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My son was diagnosed with NVLD when he was in the 3rd grade. He is currently a junior in college. We were hoping that college would help his socialization but he seems to becoming more and more isolated. He was involved in a bowling club but has since quit that. He does seem to do well with the academic part of college. He currently works as a part time server at an assisted living center. We worry about his future occupation and working with others as his social skills are very limited. I need resources or assistance on how to best help him with his future. He is such a sweet and kind man but seems to have very little self confidence in himself.
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