As the mother of a child with NLD, and as someone who thought her first book on NLD was so helpful that I couldn't wait for this one to be published, I am sorry to say that I am disappointed in NONVERBAL LEARNING DISABILITIES AT SCHOOL.
It is not only that I find some of her suggestions for accomodations in schools unrealistic. I do understand we all want a "perfect" situation for our kids. My experience, and the experience of other parents with NLD children as I know them through the NLD on the web site, are no where near perfect. And
I can assure her that it is not from our lack of advocacy for them. I also feel that as a mother of an NLD child, she should know this. However her constant refrain in the book "Remember that although this is considered to be the ideal placement, each steptaken AWAY(her italic)from the ideal will significantly compromise the education of the NLD student", seems more than a little harsh directed at parents who are trying their best to get a FAPE for their children. The system beats Us & our kids up enough, I don't need another parent with a book contract to make me feel like I'm failing because I have to deal in the real world, where everyone knows that the best IEP is fraught with compromise. I also feel that her feelings/relationship with her daughter truley cloud her perception of NLD kids. In reference to her comments on the NLD Student on page 62- no student gives 100% 100% of the time, especially children with this disability,
they just can't, they have too many issues that would get in the way of that. I feel that most of the book is useful, and that it would be better to air her personal feelings in another way, like a memoir of her experience with her daughter instead of clouding issues in a book touted as strategies for other parents.