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NLD from the Inside Out


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Acknowledgements. Disclaimer. Foreword. Preface to the Third Edition. Introduction. Part I: What is NLD?. 1. What is NLD?. 2. A Short History of NLD. 3. Diagnosing NLD. Part II: The NLD Brain. 4. Understanding Your NLD Brain. 5. Sensory Sensitivities and the NLD Brain. 6. Social Cues and the NLD Brain. 7. Executive Functioning and the NLD Brain. 8. NLD and Academics. Part III: What We Want You to Know. 9. What We Want Therapists and Guidance Counselors to Know. 10. What We Want Teachers and School Administrators to Know. 11. Talking to Parents About NLD. Part IV: Preparing for a Successful Life. 12. Preparing for Academic Success. 13. NLD, Friendships and Dating. 14. Life After High School. 15. It's a Wonderful Life - Even with NLD. Part V: The Big Questions. 16. The Politics of NLD.

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Essential tips and advice for teens from young people who are thriving with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities

About the Author

Michael Brian Murphy spent his public school years in special education classes, not knowing exactly why. After finally being diagnosed correctly with NLD at the age of 24, he devoted himself to learning more about the disorder, in order to educate others. Michael earned an AA summa cum laude from Mass Bay Community College, a BA cum laude in Psychology from Clark University, and a MAJS degree from Hebrew College. He lives in the Boston area.


NLD From The Inside Out fully explains Nonverbal Learning Disability to anyone who has that diagnosis or who wants to understand it better. Michael Brian Murphy offers practical advice and strategies for school, relationships, and life after graduation. He writes with an authentic voice about a diagnosis that he shares with many other teens and adults. This inside look at NLD contains wisdom, clarity, and humor that will inspire those with NLD, as well as parents, teachers, and therapists. -- Judith Canty Graves and Carson Graves, co-authors of Parents Have The Power To Make Special Education Work
This book will be an eye-opener for teachers, parents, and other interested readers. No doubt many will realize, "Ahhh, now I understand..." and, hopefully, that understanding will contribute to the success of children and adults with NLD. It's also a valuable resource for young people with NLD: real-life voices, experiences, and common sense. As the parent of an adult child with disabilities, I've learned that the true experts in the field are people with disabilities; Mr. Murphy's book ably demonstrates that fact. Bravo! -- Kathie Snow, Author of Disability is Natural: Revolutionary Common Sense for Raising Successful Children with Disabilities (www.disablityisnatural.com)
Of all the valuable information to be found in this work, as a therapist, I particularly recommend the chapter on 'What we want therapists and counsellors to know.' If you have NLD or know someone who is seeking support from a therapist, you will find it worthwhile to follow Murphy's suggestions and caveats. It is essential that the therapist to whom you turn be exceptionally knowledgeable about the disorder and be competent to provide the guidance that will help you overcome the distresses this disorder may cause you. -- Joseph Palombo, Director, The Joseph Palombo Center for Neuroscience and Psychoanalytic Social Work

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