I was very glad to see that Nalo Hopkinson writes about having NLD. And has made a youtube video about what it’s like. Some things overlap with my experiences. I set my daily goals too high–with way more than I can do in a single day. And I too feel queasy if I read for too long in a moving vehicle.
Archive for November, 2010
I totally wish Stieg Larsson was still alive, so I could write about how wonderful it is for a gifted character to have AS/NLD. In some ways, I feel like the fictional Lisbeth. I communicate much more comfortably by computer. And I get most of my knowledge from research. I knew she probably had AS before the book revealed this. I think there are more people with AS and NLD symptoms than the world admits. It’s time for people to recognize our strengths. There’s so much we’ve already achieved. And so much we’re going to accomplish yet!
I’ve been wondering if NLD and/or AS makes us more likely to be abused, neglected, mistreated, or victimized. I think so. We’re probably more likely to get abused by others, or perhaps to self-injure. This is a sickening topic. I need to find ways of getting stronger from the bad times in my past. Sometimes “NLD moments” from the past creep up on me and pollute my thoughts. I wasn’t really a self-injurer, but I had people taking advantage of me as a teen. I’ve had more trouble in relationships from that history. I say all this because I think kids with NLD need greater protection. Parents, teachers, and other adults need to help kids read the social cues and help them get out of bad situations. I’m still working on that part as a young adult.
I find that NLD causes me to need more rest than most people. I think the brain needs more space to decompress. I have late-semester stress right now–papers and shorter assignments, plus lots of work hours. But when I get home, I’m usually too tired to do much. So I tend to relax. Speech therapy is a very intensive process.
Another thing–teachers sometimes don’t explain assignments very well. Or they assign deadlines way too close to other ones (or unrealistic because the work takes so much longer than the teacher thinks it will). I’m getting things done slowly, but all semester, I’ve had no time for the free campus events, school activities, et cetera. I feel bad because these things are free to students, but there’s rarely time to attend them.