Celeste Giroux: Where is she now?
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by Lyn Waldeck Over the last few years, I have really been pleased to have families that we worked with in the past reconnect and provide updates. This week I received a very special call from a family that I worked very closely with for many years—the Giroux family. All three of their children were on the NACD program. It … Read More

Brags: Austin
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by Sara Erling It is never too late to change and improve one’s function. That tastes nice,” Austin said as he ate half of my banana. I couldn’t help but smile at him, remembering just a few short years ago, when at his initial evaluation I was told that for the past 20 years he had only eaten chips, fries, … Read More

The Sweet Spot: Optimizing Education & Developmental Intervention
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by Bob Doman As a kid I played a lot of sports, and there was a term, “The Sweet Spot,” which was a bit of a mystery until I started hitting it. Since that time “The Sweet Spot” has come to be used in many situations; but in general, as it is applied, it means, “When a combination of factors … Read More

Science Corner Vol.10 – How Watching Television Can Affect Your Child’s Health
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  Researchers at the University of Montreal and its affiliated Saint-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital reported that each weekly hour of TV watched by 2.5 to 4.5 year olds had statistically significant effect correlation to athletic ability and waist size by the second and fourth grade, respectively, for those children. Parents of 1,314 children reported how many weekly hours … Read More

From Small Things, Big Things Come
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In August 2017 Bob introduced you to his nine-year-old hero, Lucas Fritsche. Lucas started working with NACD when he was in pre-school and came to us with a bit of a rep and the label of autism. Lucas is now in third grade and has become a student leader in his community. In September 2016, Lucas informed the principal that … Read More

What It’s All About, Entering 2018
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. I recently got a call from an old NACD family that I hadn’t heard from for a few years. They live nearby and asked if they could come visit. They came over with their three children and a pie. It was great seeing them after a number of years. We were able to catch up … Read More

NACD & Families in Partnership
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. There is no more important job any of us ever have than raising a child, but there are very few jobs any of us ever have where we are given less training. Our goal at NACD is to help individuals achieve their innate potential. Our vehicle is the family. In the vast majority of cases, … Read More

Science Corner Vol. 9 – Evidence That Sending a Child on a Guilt Trip Has Long-Lasting, Negative Effects
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  A recent research article published in The Journal of Family Psychology reported the use of guilt-inducing parenting causes distress and anger that is still measurable the next day. Guilt-inducing parenting is when a parent tries to impact a child’s behavior by trying to make them feel guilty. An example might be when a child won’t eat his dinner and … Read More

Science Corner Vol. 8 – Be Smart About Breakfast
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  Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing reported that children who ate breakfast more often had significantly higher IQ scores on the full scale, verbal, and performance tests. The study included 1,269 six-year-old children. After controlling for seven potential sociodemographic variables, the study found children who ate breakfast on a near-daily basis scored 4.6 points higher on … Read More

The NACD Neurodevelopmental Approach to Human Development
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Neurodevelopmental Approach NACD has created a neurodevelopmental approach to human development, the achievement of human potential, and the remediation of developmental, educational, and neurological problems that is based upon the gestalt of the individual. The NACD Neurodevelopmental Approach utilizes a neurologically-based, targeted, eclectic treatment methodology.  The efficacy of NACD’s Neurodevelopmental Perspective has been demonstrated with the over 25,000 clients whose … Read More

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