Confidence Through Chores
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by Lyn Waldeck When I was pregnant with my first-born, I was given the very best piece of advice that I have ever received. Knowing that I was carrying a boy, my mother-in-law sweetly held my hand and said, “Raise him to be a man, not a grown boy.” Such simple words made a significant impact on our future. Today … Read More

Brag: The Houser Men
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by Kristina Houser & Lyn Waldeck In the years I have been associated with NACD, I have worked with a many wonderful families. Since I have been around long enough now (20 years + in one capacity of another), I have gotten the pleasure of watching many children become wonderful adults. At a recent evaluation I asked one of the … Read More

What Parents Need to Know About the Side Effects of ADHD Drugs
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by Nick Smith This report outlines common side effects of drugs prescribed for ADHD, many of which are extremely serious even if they are considered “rare.” If parents do not tolerate a child running across a neighborhood street without looking for cars because there is a “rare” chance they will be hit, then why should they be okay with taking … Read More

Getting Program Done
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by Vidya Guhan, NACD Developmentalist and Coach As a coach, this tends to be the number one concern that I address with parents. As a parent, I always come home from an evaluation feeling good, feeling like I have a plan and can make some real progress. Then I receive my program, and I feel even better– someone has put … Read More

My First Marathon: And with the Running Came the Healing
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by Roxane Sarrazit, NACD Mom For as long as I can remember, I have never liked running. I have always been poor at it. So since there was so much room for improvement, it seemed to be the perfect sport for me. I took up running in February 2011 at the old age of 33. My fourth baby was 7 … Read More

The Driving Force – Shauya
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by Prachi Sinha You may have read earlier about Shauya Mehotra and his art in our newsletter. The latest feat for Shaurya is that he is driving a car! He may have Down syndrome, but he doesn’t let it stand in his way. From the clutch and the accelerator to the steering wheel, he is working the whole shebang. As … Read More

Sensory Processing David: Another Success Story
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by Sara Erling I remember talking to David’s mom, Holly, prior to her starting the NACD program. She was familiar with NACD because when she was a girl in the 80s, her mom had helped do program with three children. So when her own son, David, was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder, anxiety, and right brain-left brain issues, Holly … Read More

How to School Your Child
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by Ellen Doman I am going to do something that may initially seem odd to you. I am going to separate the concept of educating from the concept of schooling because they are not the same thing. Educating your child is providing your child with what he or she needs to learn to think, process and filter information, understand ideas, … Read More

Studies on Working Memory
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by Ellen R. Doman M.A. Baddeley’s model of working memory was published in 1974 (Baddeley, Hitch 1974) and continues to be used by professionals today. Prior to their work, the only part of thinking that had been clearly defined was the short term memory (Atkininson, Shiffrin 1971). According to Baddeley and Hitch (1974), the working memory was responsible for processing … Read More

Magic Pills, Magic Bullets and the Latest New Thing
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by Ellen Doman Have you heard about the latest supplement that fixes autism? Have you heard about this reading program that fixes dyslexia? There is this new exercise that immediately reorganizes the brain! Every day there are new fixes out there. With our internet access we are bombarded with new information and the latest immediate solutions. While we all wish … Read More

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