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You are very good at language, you have verbal skills, you have a good memory, an excellent eye for detail, and you are a real go-getter. But what people cannot see on the outside is that there is a process going on inside your brain than is completely different for most people. In general, the left and right cerebral hemisphere work well together. But in your head, it is different. The left half works a lot better than the right. You can participate in most things with most other people, but sometimes it takes a lot more time to learn those things.
In the 1970s, Bryan Rourke, a psychologist specialized in neuropsychology, discovered why you have more difficulty learning new skills, have more difficulty reading facial expressions, are more clumsy than other people and have difficulty with, among other things, arithmetic. He called this NLD (Rourke, n.d.). Non Verbal Learning Disorder or Non Verbal Learning Disabilities. Also called NVLD in English (Frye and Karanzalis, n.d.).
Now, in the 21st century, there is still a lot of uncertainty about NVLD. Although the diagnosis is already about 50 years old, it is still a “young” diagnosis. Because of this, we still don’t know much about it. NVLD is also not included in the DSM-5; the diagnostic and statistical manual containing all mental disorders (Balans Digitaal, n.d.).
But still, there are a lot of people with NVLD. These people seek recognition and understanding. Because so many people do not know the diagnosis, it is very difficult for them to find help and support.
In this book we do not only focus on young people, but on everyone from the age of 0 to 65 in this case.