What is a Nonverbal Learning Disability?

This describes what nonverbal learning disabilities are and where people can find more information about nonverbal learning disabilities all from the perspective of someone with a nonverbal learning disability

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2. Strategies for Dealing with NLD in School or in Your Everyday Life

Strategies for Dealing with NLD in School or in Your Everyday Life

By Caitlin L. Gong, a student with NLD:

Author’s Note: I was diagnosed with NLD at age 19 in my sophomore year of college and I use many of these strategies during the school year and during my everyday life to make things easier and less stressful. I hope they  are useful for anyone who chooses to use any of my tips! Organizational: Use an assignment notebook to help organize what needs to be done each day Make a “To-Do” list of what needs to be done either in school or at home Try to map out each day and figure out what needs to be prepared in advance and give help when necessary Allow for breaks when they are necessary as sometimes the workload can be overwhelming and a break will help alleviate some stress Reading: Give outlines and notes of anything that needs to be read because it is often good to have material presented like this for a person with NLD as it allows for greater comprehension of the material When faced with a lengthy reading assignment,  think about when the assignment needs to be completed and break up the reading so that you are reading only a certain amount each day Take notes whenever reading material for a class and bring them with you when you are discussing the reading in class so that  you can answer questions or see if you missed anything when it is being discussed Writing: When given a longer writing assignment that you will have a good amount of time to work on, don’t delay working on it. If you have to do research for it, start researching right away: Some good places to start researching include: Online: Wikipedia (only for general research and for references found on the pages themselves—never use it as a single resource!) Websites that are provided on your school website or on the website of your public library. If you’re in college, always use the library databases as sometimes this is all you will need to finish a writing assignment. Written: Books on the topic you’re writing about Almanacs—provide general facts and additional information on many topics Encyclopedias Magazines—good ones include National Geographic for science, environmental, and historical topics; Rolling Stone for political commentary and information on national affairs; and Time for information on many topics including all of the above just mentioned Ask your teacher to look over your work or if there is a place where you can go for writing help do it. They can make you writing improve greatly. Type your work whenever you can. I know I have bad handwriting and it is an issue for many of us with NLD so type whenever you can. Mathematics: If you’re not understanding a concept in your math class, ask your teacher for help and see if they can meet with you either before or after school. Whenever something is written on the board during a math class, write it down and write down as many examples as you can. If you don’t do as well as you would’ve liked on a test, ask your teacher to go over the test with you to see where you made mistakes. If you aren’t receiving extra time already on tests, ask for it and see if your teacher will allow it. I had most of my math difficulties in geometry because of my spatial issues so don’t hesitate to ask for help and if your teacher won’t help you find one that will. Other Subjects and Everyday Life Tips: In whatever class you’re taking, take your own notes when reading the textbook and then take notes during class discussions. Type up your notes and then add the notes from class to the notes you’ve taken. This will allow you to remember what you learned in class and may even  help you to understand it better. Take your clothes out the night before so you won’t have to worry about what you’re wearing. If you’re starting at a new school, walk around before the school year starts and figure out where all your classrooms are. If you’re starting at a college for example take both the campus tour given at orientation or Open House and your own tour because you may not get to see all the places you’ll be going to for classes. If the campus of your high school or college is somewhat large, carry a campus map with you as it will allow you to figure out the major landmarks of your campus and where all the buildings you’ll need to go to are located or ask one of your classmates for help if you get lost. They’ll be happy to help you. Sometimes you’ll need help learning good hygiene skills and ask one of your parents if they’ll help you. It’ll help you to fit in more if you know how to use things like deodorant properly, shower properly, and keep yourself clean. Can’t emphasize this one enough—keep a “To-Do” list handy and make a list of everything you need to get done whether it’s for school or at home. It’s a great way to keep yourself organized. Get a “file box” and keep folders for things like notes you want to keep from classes, important documents you need to keep, and whatever else you need to organize. Another excellent way to organize your life and clears up space as well! My final tip is to talk when you need to talk. There are always people there if you need to talk to someone. I know it could be hard sometimes to deal with a disability like NLD and talking about how you feel is very healthy.

 

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