NVLD (or NLD) and because my son is 18, and because he was diagnosed when he was young (which makes us experienced), and because he is pretty successful with his accommodations in place, there are a lot of parents who see him as "cured."
Well, he's not. (And he has given me permission to tell you so.)
We went to visit a college last week. Yes, this is late, but not as late as the visit we will make this week! (The decision must be made by May 1.) We were riding in the car and started talking about the Autobahn... and, thinking I was being cute I said, "Not to be confused with Audobon..."
"Audobon?" My son asked.
"Yeah, he was an artist in the 1800s. He painted birds."
There was a really long pause...
"I... don't understand," my son said.
"You don't understand paintings of birds?"
Then he got hysterical.
Yeah. He was imagining painting ON birds.
He can still be a bit literal (I say this knowing that that phrase will really bug him... one of the joys of motherhood!)
And organizational skills and processing time, and handing things in, and a few other things are still a big part of the way he is. The beauty is that he knows this and has a bunch of strategies that he knows how to use to help himself.
I expect he will have some struggles related to his diagnosis at some points in his life. I also expect that he will approach them with his trademark good humor and analytical processes. I expect he will take the things he knows and apply them to the things he needs... I expect he knows how to self-advocate and will ask for help sometimes. I expect some times he will muddle for a bit. And I expect he will figure out his own way in the world...
With his disability.
This phase of life is an adventure for everyone. He does have some different issues to contend with...
And he will be fine.
Picture from here.
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