Developmental Delay: The Miracle of “James”
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by Pamela Merritt Nestor I held little Kathleen close as we stood before the window, watching James Edward follow his two older brothers and his sister across the yard and cautiously climb the steps of the school bus. I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. The fruit of six years of prayer and family effort were tied … Read More

Cerebral Palsy: “Justin”
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I remember so clearly the first time someone said that Justin had cerebral palsy. It was over the phone, not even to my face. She said, Don’t be upset, Mrs. Johnson, your son has cerebral palsy. When he was six-months-old, I read an article in a women’s magazine which described a child whose abilities, or lack there of, matched Justin’s … Read More

Cerebral Palsy: “Michael and Mark”
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Our story begins on January 4, 1990, when I delivered two beautiful boys, 3 months premature. At birth, Michael and Mark weighed 1 pound, 12 ounces, and 1 pound, 12 ounces, respectively. The boys were given a 10-15% chance of survival. Michael and Mark are now five years old. They also have a six-year-old brother, Johnny, and a 15-month-old brother, … Read More

Brain Injury: “Daniel”
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Daniel started life at 8 lbs., and 11 oz. He did not lift his head after birth as well as his three older brothers nor did he seem to keep up with the milestones of the first year; yet his eyes always brimmed with excitement and he enjoyed being around the other boys. His favorite activity of lounging around and … Read More

Your ADD/ADHD Child and Homeschooling
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John M. Jaquith, M.Ed. We should let the experts educate our children. Moreover, the experts on any individual child should be directly involved in the education of that child. The most credible experts on any individual child are that child’s parents. Learning begins the moment a child’s brain starts receiving stimulation and doesn’t end until it stops receiving stimulation. Because … Read More

Your ADD/ADHD Child
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John M. Jaquith, M.Ed. What is ADD and ADHD? Essentially, both of these are labels that describe symptoms. In fact, a list of symptoms is used to identify such children. A child receives a label based on prolonged occurrences of eight or more, out of a possible fourteen, symptoms before the age of seven. These symptoms have been identified as: … Read More

Special Needs Children: Parents Are the Experts!
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. Many families are becoming frustrated at their often ineffective attempts to homeschool their special needs child. Others still wrestle with the decision of whether or not to succumb to the pressures being exerted on them by family, friends, or the “professionals” to put their child into the public school system. These decisions are not easy, and … Read More

Philosphy and Rationale
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. NACD’s developmental and educational programs are designed to lead each child toward developing his/her fullest potential. These programs are designed through the expertise of Robert J. Doman, Jr., and represent an eclectic approach to child development. These programs are implemented by the parents and other family members under the training and auspices of The NACD Foundation. … Read More

NEVER GIVE UP
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Lyn Waldeck Four and a half years ago, our family was given the gift of a precious 2-year-old brain-injured child who had previously been a Romanian orphan. Our first prognosis from the medical field was very devastating. “What was done to this child is a tragedy. Now he may never walk, never talk, never see, and will be unable to … Read More

In My Travels
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. In my travels and encounters with parents and professionals, I have had the opportunity to observe influences and attitudes that have either helped or impaired the development of our children, influences that either saved or condemned children. If I were to identify those things in my education and development which were the most significant and positive … Read More

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