Independence, Initiation, Responsibility, Self-Respect, Self-Awareness, Empowerment, Service: Chores
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by Bob Doman From our tiniest children, who lack the awareness that they can initiate movement, language, or even play, to our teens and young adults who have not established an identity, a sense of worth, or self-respect and who feel entitled, often one of the most significant missing ingredients is ownership of chores. Contributing, having chores, jobs, and responsibilities … Read More

2019 Transylvania, Romania NACD Event
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by Bob Doman A lot of folks, particularly in the USA, have a hard time describing where in the world Romania is or are able to tell you much of anything about Romania (which unfortunately speaks to our educational system); but ask about Transylvania and everyone’s interest perks up and they conjure up visions of Dracula. This last month I … Read More

Coco the Wonder Boy – Part 2A
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by Bob Doman Back in May we introduced you to Coco Manole, the incredible little boy who was developing really fantastic processing abilities. This little brain injured/cerebral palsy four-year-old had developed astonishing digit spans of 10 forward and 9 reverse, which is absolutely phenomenal. Very few adults have short term and working memory at this level. Well, that was then … Read More

Making the Most of the Summer, Holidays & School Breaks
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by Ellen Doman For many children and young adults with whom we work, it is summer. For our families in the Southern Hemisphere school has recently resumed, but there will be those rather long school breaks. Parents often question what to do with these “breaks” and vacation times so that they really feel like fun and are rejuvenating. There are … Read More

The Reviews Are In! NACD on Facebook
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NACD Facebook Testimonials We feel very fortunate to read some of the stories that many of you have shared with us on our Facebook page. Below are just a few of the recent reviews we have received. Have you had a good experience with NACD that you would like everyone to know about? We encourage you to leave a review … Read More

Coco the Wonder Boy – Raising the Bar
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Introduction by Bob Doman First the Vision, Then the Plan, and Then the Implementation Most real successes begin with a vision, a vision that defines what we want to achieve. One would hope that we are all directed by and driven by a vision of what can be for us as individuals, for our children, and even for our communities, … Read More

Developmental/Therapeutic Intervention: Proactive or Reactive?
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by Bob Doman To be proactive is to anticipate, prepare, and intervene based on a long-term vision and perspective. When anticipating the future, you react accordingly before it actually happens. To be reactive is to respond to a situation, rather than creating or controlling it. How does this relate to what we do with our children? What we do in … Read More

NACD International Outreach – Bulgaria
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On March 16th Bob Doman gave three lectures to groups of professionals and parents in Sofia, Bulgaria. The topics of the lectures were Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Brain Injury/Cerebral Palsy. The lectures were organized by Gabriela Trichkova, one of our super NACD moms, and the Bulgarian Down syndrome Parents’ Organization. Gabriela was anxious to help educate both professionals … Read More

NACD Instilling Independence
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Home Education: Opening the Doors to Brilliant Futures and Fulfillment of Dreams An Introduction to Aidia Brennan by Bob Doman Perhaps the only thing that feels better for us at NACD than having parents who really get it is seeing the results of them having gotten it. It’s an incredible honor and privilege to be in a position to help … Read More

Anxiety in our Children: The Role of Avoidance Behavior
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by Sara Erling I know a boy. He is a very smart, fun, engaging boy. From the outside you would think this kid has lots of friends, is very social, the class clown, etc. But at home just calling a friend to go do something is a very big feat. The act of calling a friend, or even texting them, … Read More

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