for teachers comorbid diagnoses nonverbal learning disorder

“I’m a Teacher with Nonverbal Learning Disorder. And I’m Exactly Who I Needed As a Child.”

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“They tried to bury me, but they didn’t know that I was a seed.”As a special education teacher for students with learning disabilities and developmental disorders, and as a neurodivergent individual myself, this quote defines my life.I was formally diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NVLD) at 23 years old.

As a child and teen, I struggled in ways that most people cannot possibly comprehend.When people think of learning disabilities, they picture a child with dyslexia or dysgraphia who cannot read or write very well.

They do not envision an intelligent and articulate child for whom tying shoes or making a paper fit into a folder is arduous at best.Many of my teachers resented me.

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