Call for submissions: stories about living with Nonverbal Learning Disorder — murky green waters

People who self-identify as having nonverbal learning disorder are invited to submit stories to be a part of a zine.

via Call for submissions: stories about living with Nonverbal Learning Disorder — murky green waters


Developing an Educational Plan for the Student with NLD

“Ten common neurobehavioral characteristics of NLD are described below, along with suggestions for teacher intervention which should be considered when developing an individualized educational plan for the student with NLD. The suggestions given are general and should always be adapted to the unique needs of the individual student in your care. ”

Read the rest here.

Article courtesy of LD OnLine: The Educators’ Guide to Learning Disabilities and ADHD

Unnamed: Documentary About Nonverbal Learning Disability

Sonetta Duncan is a documentary film maker  with NLD (non-verbal learning disability). She’s currently working on a documentary in which she goes across the world to meet fellow NLDers. Sonetta is looking for funding, as well as messages and videos from anyone with NLD, explaining what having the condition means to them. More details may be found on the documentary’s Facebook, and Sonetta is contactable at sonettaduncan at

As a filmmaker with a Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NLD), it is almost only natural that I make a documentary about my disability. I was 16 when I discovered I was gifted with NLD and in the few short years of knowing about my disability, I have met some wonderful and amazing individuals who’s stories deserved to be shared, experienced, and felt around the world. In this breath-takingly touching documentary, I go across the world to meet my brother’s and sister’s who share something very special with me: NLD. [from the documentary Facebook].

An Interview with Dr Peter Flom on Nonverbal Learning Disorder

Dr Peter Flom

“Dr. Peter Flom, Ph.D., talks in this podcast about living with a rare learning disability known as NLD, which stands for nonverbal learning disability. He is a learning disabled adult. When he was five, a psychologist told his parents he would never go to college. Undaunted, his mother teamed with Elizabeth Freidus to start The Gateway School of New York. Peter got his B.A. at 20, and now he has two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in psychometrics.” [quoted from the page at]

Discussion Forum on Nonverbal Learning Disability

If you’d like to be part of a conversation on NLD, here’s a great discussion thread on the LD Resources website, essentially a series of comments on a post by someone with NLD. Below are some excerpts from the original post, a too-common experience of someone with the disability:

My name is Robert. I’m 51, live in the Canadian province of Quebec, and was diagnosed as having a nonverbal learning disability when I was 42 …

As a child and adolescent I was a loner because I didn’t have the strength, coordination and social skills to make many friends …

I managed academically in high school, college, and graduate school as long as I was able to avoid math and physics …

I hit my first real brick wall when I tried to work after finishing a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling. I had no way of knowing that a helping profession is much more difficult for someone with NVLD because of the difficulty we have with affective communication (reading other people’s social cues correctly and communicating the right cues ourselves) …

To scrape by (so far), I have been a member of a translation cooperative (we are paid by the word) for almost two and a half years. I do translation and proof-reading for the coop. The work is only occasional and, for this reason, I can’t earn enough money to live without constant worry.