One of the most difficult things for many people with NLD to do is thread film. Alexa Raisbeck not only threads film but is an artist who works with film.
After her NLD diagnosis Alexa set out on a quest to find out how she learns. This interview explores her journey.
NLD's not recognized. There's no NLD Awareness Month, week, day or even hour. It's not taught in schools. Therapists don't usually know about it. It deserves to be known. We deserve to be treated for our primary diagnosis. We deserve good schooling. We deserve full employment.
When I was a child my father made me socialize. Though I complained, often bitterly, it was the best thing to happen to me as I naturally learned to be social. Many years later I was diagnosed with NLD and became every symptom for two years. Then I found my way back and to a better life.
NLD is the least recognized disorder. It's not even in the current DSM or the one that is coming up. Yet it's a very real disorder that has played havoc with my life. I am fortunate to have a strong voice I'm not afraid to use. I will use it to help ensure NLD recognition in 2012!
I did well in a paralegal program yet I was the only person in my class who couldn't find a job. I worked as a temp paralegal for a year at one of New York's most prestigious law firms. They wouldn't hire me to be a full time employee because something was off about me. That something was nonverbal learning disorder (NLD).
NLD is a little known, often misunderstood umbrella group of disorders. Not every person with NLD has every facet of the disorders. Yet people tend to talk in generalities, as if each person with NLD suffers from the exact same problems in exactly the same way.
I almost feel compelled to change my life story so it fits what people think of as NLD more. But I won't.
There are some situations even modern etiquette and/or self-help books don't prepare us for. Connecting and maintaining a relationship with members of my birth family is one of them. Could I have a relationship with my birth cousins when it was obvious my birth mother didn't want one? Could I trust my judgment as I have NLD?
My father wrote this story soon after they took me home from the foster home. He gave me many great gifts in life. This was the most wonderful. My sister and I found it after both my parents died. But I'll always carry my parents in my heart and my computer!
Non Verbal Learning Disorder is a disabilty often misdiagnosed, underdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all. Those who have it face a variety of coordination, organizational, spatial, learning and emotional problems.
I spent most of my life not knowing I had nonverbal learning disorder. I not only survived——I flourished! Odd Girl In mainly talks about an adult life well lived. NLD is different in everyone. I never thought of mine as horrible though I would give a lot to be technically proficient and have better balance.
I'm intelligent, witty, interesting and fun with a great extended family, many friends, and the Atlantic Ocean just four blocks from my house! I'm happy.