One of the questions we're asked all the time when people find out that Matthew has Nonverbal Learning Disorder is when did we know something was wrong.
In short we started suspecting something when he began school at 4 years of age, althouh he wasn't diagnosed until many years later.
As a baby he was happy and healthy. There was no indication that he was cognitively any different than any other child his age at that time. He was an early talker and always amazed us with his vocabulary as a preschooler. He was inquisative, active, and loving but had a difficult time following rules and request making him seem like he was being defiant (although we seemed to know it wasn't defiance.)
At the age of 2 1/2 we started to get a glimps of anxiety. (screaming at a fall fair when we were watching bungee jumping and the person jumped, and at my sister's wedding when he started freaking out any time the photographer came close with the big lens.)
When he joined a part time preschool he seemed to struggle relating to the other children althouh he was never agressive or anything like that. He just seemed socially akward already. He had a couple of litle friends who he would play with one on one and did ok in those settings but looking back I was always around helping him navigate his environment (maybe mother's intuition.
Throughout his preschool years he was more successful wih interactions with adults and loved wowing them with all the knowledge that he seemed to retain in his little brain.
We all saw what a smart little boy he was.
Then, he started school ...
-posted from my iPod touch.