A weak moment

I just got done reading some blogs by some teens that have Nonverbal Learning Disorder, and some other info on the disorder.  It’s made me a bit sad.

Grant, my 8yo, has NLD.  To most others, he likely seems like a bright, albeit quirky, kid.  And he is, certainly, very bright and quirky, and I love him dearly for both of those qualities.

But there are some things about him that are very difficult, very frustrating, very discouraging, very trying, very emotional, and quite the rollercoaster… and if I’m not exceedingly careful, I can sink into fear about his future. 

I usually avoid sites that “help” with NLD, as well as books on the subject (though I have read some).  The “good things” seem to pale, too often, in the dimness of the “bad things” after I’ve read material on it. 

That’s one of the reasons, actually, that I really enjoy seeing Grant’s developmental pediatrician every three months or so.  He is so level-headed about the whole thing, and he pulls me out of the pit of near-despair that I can fall into over the sometimes heartwrenching day-to-day life we have with Grant.


OK.  I decided to stop my pouting, and I ordered a book, Raising NLD Superstars, from Amazon.  I’d seen it before, and thought, “I need to read an encouraging book about NLD.  I should get that!” but I never have.  Until now.

I’m gonna go hug my kid.  🙂


About Karen Joy

I'm a partially-homeschooling mother of six -- 3 boys ages 19, 17 and 15 years old, and three girls: 11, 8, and 3. I like birding, reading, writing, organic gardening, singing, playing guitar, hiking, the outdoors, and books. I very casually lead a very large group of homeschooling families in the Phoenix area. I have a dear hubby who designs homes for a local home builder and who is the worship pastor of our church. I live in the desert, which I used to hate, but now appreciate.

Posted on October 1, 2007, in Books I'm Reading, Medical Stuff, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, Sad Things, Scary stuff, The Kids. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. And I’m going to hug (((((you))))). I certainly understand what you’re saying. I feel the same way about reading “helpful” sites for one of the things we deal with at our house. I know they’re helpful for some people, but only helpful for us in very small doses.

    “For I know the plans I have for [Grant],” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper [him] and not to harm [him], plans to give [him] a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11, sort of.

  2. Hi. I just want to say that I’ve enjoyed reading your blog. I, too, have a son with NLD. He’s 17 now and so we’ve been on this road a while. While we still ride that roller coaster, we’re enjoying the ride with him and seeing a lot of growth. Inspite of the challenges, he’s becoming an amazing young man.

  3. I actually came to your site looking for GF recipes (trying to gain weight, again!) and stumbled across your posts on NLD. I have to say that those websites can be discouraging, but here is this: I am 23 with severe NLD. And yes, my childhood was rough socially, but I am grown up now, graduated from college on time, and am now serving in the Peace Corps (which makes ingredient lists fun…) but anyway…there is hope at the end of the tunnel, and G-d bless my parents (and you) for seeing that. This is not to say there weren’t academic or emotional problems or that my life doesn’t sometimes feel like I spend my time accommodating NLD, but not all was doom and gloom. And it certainly is not doom and gloom now. Just hang tight. My motto: I can’t do everything I want to do, but I can da*n well do more than they expect of me.

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