NVLD at the National Learning Disabilities Conference
As I traveled to Orlando, Florida for the National Learning Disabilities conference, I was hopeful to learn more about non-verbal learning disorders (NVLD) and to better help those like myself (I’m a learning specialist with NVLD and ADHD). So little is known about NVLD so you may not be familiar with it. Could NVLD be something you or your or your child are struggling with?
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National Learning Disabilities conference and NVLD
Once I arrived, I noticed very quickly that I would be the one sharing information and educating others about NVLD (to learn more about NVLD you can go to my website and you tube channel). Throughout the conference, meeting teachers, therapists, psychologists, and other health professionals from across the country, very few even knew about the existence Non-Verbal Learning Disorders. Another reason NVLD was not featured at this conference is because of controversy over the fact that some people believe NVLD does not exist. The learning disability community is not fully accepting the diagnosis of NVLD and creating solid plans for patients across the country. Why? Because NVLD is not recognized in the DSM which is the ‘bible’ of recognized disorders. Those with NVLD are not provided with a plan from their healthcare professional, simply because the professional does not know how to help them. The key to helping someone with NVLD thrive is to start working with them early on. It will be harder to help your child if you wait until they are older. I’ve made it my business as a learning specialist with NVLD to learn and provide effective interventions.
Traveling to National Learning Disabilities conference with NVLD
Traveling with NVLD I was once again reminded just how difficult it was navigating through a new city, hotel, and convention center can be very overwhelming. To avoid anxiety while traveling, take the time to orient yourself with your new surroundings. Practice the route to your hotel room a few times and focus on landmarks around the property to help guide you safely to your room. This technique also applies to schools, work places, and public places that your/your child frequents. Practicing your pathways and creating routine is the safest way to decrease anxiety and increase independence.
A helpful tool that can be used is the Google Street View application. It is free and allows you to explore the world in 360 with imagery and maps from Google. If you’re feeling unsure of where you are/should be going, the app can help guide you to your destination!
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Linda Karanzalis, MS
Linda Karanzalis, MS, is a former special education classroom teacher with over 25 years of experience in the areas of learning disabilities, ADHD, social-emotional learning, social skills training, and behavior management