Mark Turner
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  It is natural for parents to feel concerned about how to help their children live fulfilling lives. Parents of children with special needs have additional concerns. My son, Mark Turner, was nine days old when he became paralyzed due to complications related to a congenital heart defect. He is now 39 years of age and enjoys a very rewarding … Read More

Ben – PDD-NOS (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
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A Testimonial About a Family Helping Each Child Reach Their Full Potential When our son was about four, we took him for a consultation with a well-known pediatric neurologist. Because Ben used just a few words, made little eye contact and showed little interest in other children, the diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) was no surprise, yet … Read More

NACD and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy)—Very Different Approaches
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We are sometimes asked how NACD differs from the ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis therapy approach to individuals with Autism. In simplistic terms, the two approaches have profound philosophical differences that impact on the specific practices as well as the understanding of what needs to be changed. NACD approaches any individual as a whole person. We seek to understand all … Read More

A Declaration for Independence
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by Bob Doman We generally think of independence as being free of outside control. With children, and from a developmental perspective, I see it not so much as being free of outside control as gaining self-determination, autonomy, and initiative. To discover that you can affect and change what is happening and to perceive, learn, and develop initiative are very important … Read More

Discussion of the Relevant Perception, Structure, and Application of NACD’s Model of Working Memory and Cognition
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For more than three decades, the National Association for Child Development (NACD) has worked toward a better and more thorough understanding of cognitive function and how neuroplasticity affects that function. The ability of the human brain to change and improve due to neuroplasticity provided the foundation for the development of the NACD approach. NACD has developed a “whole person” perspective … Read More

Perspectives and Remediation for Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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by Bob Doman Understanding and remediating the neurodevelopmental issues of those within the autism spectrum is critical if we are going to provide these children and adults with an opportunity to overcome their issues and to function at higher, “normal,” or even “superior” levels. It is important to understand that most neurodevelopmental issues will not simply go away. Merely teaching … Read More

The Importance of Consistency
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by Sara Erling, NACD After being gone several weeks this summer, I had not maintained my normal fitness routine. You see, I am one of those crazy people who likes to run marathons and work out at 5 a.m. I also like food. I figure the more I work out, the less restrictive I have to be with what food … Read More

How to Do Program Over the Holidays: What Your Evaluator Wants You to Know
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by Ellen Doman I think that I speak for all of the evaluators when I say that we want you to enjoy the holidays with your children and family. In order to really have a nice time without worrying about all of the things you are not getting done on program, there are a few things that you need to … Read More

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say Part 1 – Communication
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by Bob Doman I just finished a novel, Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers, a very well written, powerful book about the experience of a solder participating in the war in Iraq. On the next to last page of the book there was a sentence that jumped out at me. The author, in reference to something that had been very significant … Read More

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say Part 2 – Education/Behavior
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by Bob Doman Most child management/behavior problems are credibility problems, a problem with the parent’s and/or the teacher’s credibility. If you don’t say what you mean and mean what you say, your child learns simply not to believe you. “If you do this again, I’m gonna….” The credibility problem more often than not begins when our children are toddlers because … Read More

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