NACD/Wasatch Peak Academy School Model Program
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Wasatch Peak Academy Davis County School District, Utah 2007/2008 School Year (Appendices featuring additional information and statistics available as PDF Download HERE.) Wasatch Peak Academy is a public charter school in North Salt Lake, Utah. At the request of the principal and special education teacher, the National Association for Child Development (NACD) created a school model program for Wasatch Peak … Read More

Williams Syndrome: “Mila” Not Held Back by Williams Syndrome
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by Roxane S. Mila, our little girl with Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder, has been discharged from special education this morning…because she’s obviously too bright. Mila is three years old and has been with NACD for two years on program. When she was younger, we were told by other experts (not NACD), “Your child may never button her own shirt.” … Read More

NACD Kids: “Bobby Lyons” This Teen is College Bound
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by Nancy Lyons It’s that time of year when many high school seniors look forward to being accepted to the college of their choice. In the Lyons household, there is big reason to celebrate, as Bobby learned that he was accepted to a college in New York state, where he plans to major in Sociology. Many would say that the … Read More

Accelerated/Gifted: NACD Kids: “Andrew & Daniel”
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by Charlene Doland Andrew I brought Andrew to NACD when he was 9½. He had always been homeschooled and was an early reader, but I knew he had some sensory issues and some problems with fine and gross motor skills. I had heard about NACD before, but I had no awareness of “sequential processing” and how improving that could help … Read More

NACD Chapters Improving Lives and Impacting Communities
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NACD works with some of the best families in the world. When these families get together to change how their communities view children with delays, they can make a resounding difference. How does this work? It works best when NACD parents join forces with other NACD parents within a geographic area to effect change. Each quarter as NACD evaluators travel … Read More

Yoga for Special Needs Children
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  Dear NACD families, Like you I have a special angel in our family named Gitane (7 y.o.) and, like you, since she arrived nothing has been quite the same. Somehow my acting career and chasing different roles around the world turned into dedication to chase the betterment of my Down Syndrome daughter who could barely open her eyes for … Read More

To Simply Hear
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Such a simple word with such profound ramifications. If you look it up in the dictionary you’ll read: Hear: \ˈhir\ transitive verb 1: to perceive or apprehend by the ear 2: to gain knowledge of by hearing 3 a: to listen to with attention : HEED b:ATTEND <hear mass> 4 a: to give a legal hearing to b: to take … Read More

Stressed Out Parents and the Art of Staying Positive
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By Ellen Doman Every week somewhere in the U.S. a mother sits across from me and wrings her hands or pulls at her hair and tells me what a terrible job she is doing as a parent. The really odd thing about it is that this parent’s child might be doing great. In the midst of her own anguish over … Read More

The Icing on Your Cake: Siblings on Program
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By Lyn Waldeck NACD Evaluator “Children with significant challenges can be typical, typical children can be exceptional, and exceptional children can change the world.” —Robert J. Doman, Jr, Founder of NACD NACD has been at the forefront of developing modalities to address a population of children that are most commonly “written off.” We have children that we have brought out … Read More

Estimation: How to Accelerate the Learning Process with Math and Build Visualization and Conceptual Skills Simultaneously
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. Teaching your child how to use estimation in math can significantly improve his learning curve. Estimation can increase the rate at which your child learns math facts, improve math conceptual development, and increase the overall intensity, and therefore impact, of math instruction. Estimation also provides a means for assessing his knowledge of math facts, as … Read More

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