The Cure and Prevention of Parent “Burn Out”
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by Ellen Doman It’s January, a rough time of year for parents as teachers, as well as for the kids. The holidays are over, and everyone is frequently stuck indoors for longer periods of time. It is, in fact, the most common time to hear about “burn out.” It’s a funny thing about parenting, there are not a lot of … Read More

Brag – Usaid
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by Fatima Shaikh I am the mother of a lovely 12-year old boy, Usaid. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 1/2 years old. We went through all the regular denials, nightmares, helplessness, and frustrations that all parents of newly diagnosed ASD children go through. As his language started developing with speech therapy, we discovered he was advanced … Read More

Autism Spectrum: Working with “T”
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by Sara Erling “T was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 4. Before we started with NACD 2 years ago, he had a high-pitched tone in his speech and he was afraid of loud noises. He could not take the regular school bus because it was too loud. He was in a mainstream classroom but got pulled out … Read More

NatGeo: “How to Be” Series
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Do you have a child who wants to be a pirate?  Or maybe an Egyptian princess?  Maybe they are too old for that but are really into learning about the Revolutionary War or ancient Greece?   The National Geographic series “How To Be” contains books with factual information about various time periods and places, and provide vivid pictures on how … Read More

Face the Challenge
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KIDS CORNER by Lavanya Guhan A challenge, even though very tough Is a kind of opponent That eats you up in an instant very greedily And spits you out as fire bolts And although this omnipotent creature Never has an owner It still can do whatever it wants To strike you right away So do not collapse, do not fall … Read More

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS AN iPAD (Or, Making the Most of the iPad You Already Have)
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by Ellen Doman   With Christmas right around the corner, we are all trying to figure how to get gifts that are really worth getting for our children. When it comes to larger ticket items, it is hard to beat an iPad for usefulness and continued relevance. This is not a gadget that will get put away, but rather a … Read More

IT’S ABOUT TIME
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by Bob Doman How long is a day? How long is a minute? How long does it take to make a bed, take out the trash, make a sandwich, or eat a meal? I’m sure you can all answer the first two questions, or at least you think you can; and I suppose that you could give a fair guess … Read More

PREPARING PARENTS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR
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by Ellen Doman   Isn’t it amazing that the new school year is almost here again? Many parents and children really dread the thought. Although some of you are just now starting to actually enjoy your summer, the school year lurks just weeks away. If you are taking a moment to cover your eyes trying to banish the thought of … Read More

HAVE YOU HUGGED A COACH TODAY?
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by Lori Riggs MA, CCC/SLP Director, Center for Speech and Sound   If you are an NACD family already, you know that NACD is a very dynamic organization. Nothing is status quo-we’re always looking for and thinking of ideas to make what we do better. One of the best “better” things we have done, in my opinion, is to add … Read More

Siblings of NACD Special Needs Children: The Game Where Everyone Wins
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by Lyn Waldeck At our recent staff training/brainstorming session last October, it was time to talk about articles for upcoming newsletters. I personally like to contribute in January because it fits right in to New Year’s resolutions, setting priorities, and making plans. Over the years I have actually written articles that touch on some of the key components of this … Read More

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