Establishing a Positive Environment Through Data Collection
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Robert J. Doman Jr. All of those who attended the seminar are now familiar with positive environment and how to establish it in the home. We define a positive environment as one in which the ratio of four positive responses exists to every one negative response the child receives. The implications of a positive environment are extremely numerous; in effect … Read More

Attention Deficit Disorder: “Sunny”
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  You are my sunshine My only sunshine You make my happy When skies are gray You’ll never know dear How much I love you. Please don’t take My sunshine away How many nights I sang that song to a croupy, wheezing, fussy Sunny. Her arms would fly out, her feet would push off. “Sunny, Sunny, shh, baby.” Colds, allergies, … Read More

Attention Deficit Disorder: “Dane”
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Our son turned ten years old in April of 1996. When we started the program through NACD he was a month shy of eight years old. We had run the gamut of trying to find answers for him, suspecting M.D. or another muscular disorder, autism, dyslexia, myopia, also epilepsy. A psychologist diagnosed ADD immediately. He fit the criteria, but one … Read More

Attention Deficit Disorder: “Brian”
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“Saying that you can cure dyslexia is like saying that you can cure blue eyes. You either have it or you don’t,” said a recent college graduate with a degree in learning disabilities. My son Brian is living proof that, through God’s grace and the help of NACD, this is not true. As a preschooler, Brian was a happy, busy, … Read More

Accelerated: “Jennifer”
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Our daughter, Jennifer, was born on December 6, 1980, in San Diego, California at 12:45 a.m., with complications. She had swallowed her meconium while she was inside the birth canal, cutting off her oxygen. She, therefore, had an Apgar score of 1 (10 is perfect), and had to be placed in an “isolette” and taken to Children’s Hospital where she … Read More

Autism Spectrum: “Gregge” A Whole New Life
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Gregge Sandusky I would like to introduce myself to you. My name is Gregge and I’m 13 years old (1999) with Autism. When I was around 2 years old I became weird acting. Something began to change in me according to my parents. I became a stranger to my family and had a lot of symptoms such as I quit … Read More

Making This School Year A Success
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by Ellen Doman Getting through the school year can be a real challenge for you and your child. As this one gets going, let’s be sure that it’s a great one. Think that’s impossible? You’re wrong. The purpose of the school year is LEARNING. Make a sign and put it on your refrigerator. We need this posted because we so … Read More

Advocacy 101: From a NACD Parent
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by Annie Kratzsch It was in an ophthalmology waiting room that I first heard about NACD. I struck up a conversation with a mom who was feeding her daughter through a g-tube. My son, Collin, like her little girl, used a feeding tube to eat. He was also cortically blind, had a catastrophic seizure disorder, extremely low muscle tone, and … Read More

Cerebral Palsy
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. THE PROBLEMS The first problem faced by the parent of a hurt child is to discover just what it is that their child is, or has.  Whether the child’s problem is discovered at birth, or a week, a month, or years after birth, or even if the problem is created by some trauma such as … Read More

Our Bad
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by Lori Riggs, MA, CCC/SLP I think we forgot to tell you something. At least, we didn’t tell you enough. What We Did Tell You: Having a very structured, targeted home program with specific frequencies and durations is an extremely effective way to facilitate—and remediate where needed—your child’s development. These structured activities are addressing specific developmental “pieces,” which all work … Read More

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