THERE'S A REASON YOU STRUGGLE. IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT. IT'S NVLD.
I KNOW BECAUSE
I have it too.
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Could This Be You or Your Child?
This book goes to press just as NVLD (nonverbal learning disorder) has become part of the national conversation. At the televised 2022 Academy Awards, Will Smith attacked Chris Rock over a joke about Smith’s wife. Rock had publicly shared his NVLD diagnosis in 2020, but the attention NVLD received at that time pales in comparison to the global clamor for information and clarity about the disorder following “the slap” that was heard around the world.
Between 2.2 and 2.9 million children under the age of eighteen in the United States and Canada may have NVLD (JAMA;2022). Most are undiagnosed, having no idea why life, school, work, relationships and communication are so hard for them. Contrary to its name, those with NVLD (nonverbal learning disorder) are exceptionally well-spoken which makes it even more confusing to understand.
Hi. I'm Linda K.
A BOARD CERTIFIED COGNITIVE SPECIALIST LIVING WITH NVLD
Misnamed, Misdiagnosed, Misunderstood
BY LINDA KARANZALIS, MS, BCCS
In this book I give a first person account of my struggles as a child, teen and young adult battling with NVLD before professionals realized it existed...READ MORE
"Vivid, compelling . . . Karanzalis replaces suffering, misunderstanding, and frustration with triumph, clarity, and success for the millions of people who have NVLD.”
Edward Hallowell, MD
Nationally recognized psychiatrist and author of the New York Times bestseller Driven to Distraction.
IS IT YOU, ME, or NVLD?
I knew something was wrong with me at seven years old. One day, looking for my mother’s praise, I went into her garden and snipped the heads off the tops of the tulips, her favorite flower. Because she didn’t directly tell me she was upset, I didn't know I had done something wrong. The next day, thinking I was doing something good, I again went out to the garden and picked more tulip heads. My mother yelled at me and punished me. I felt so ashamed! I had no idea what I had done wrong because I was unable to read or understand her tone of voice and facial expressions.