NACD International Outreach
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This past month one of our staff, Staci Sargent, conducted a teacher training program for 120 teachers in Nigeria. The inservice was to help teachers improve outcomes and to design standards of excellence for students. This inservice provided Staci with the opportunity to share many of our foundational NACD concepts, such as the application of principles to trigger neuroplasticity and … Read More

News from NACD Romania: A Message for Us All
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by Bob Doman At the end of September in Brasov, Romania, one of our parents, Endre Csato, organized the second of his annual conferences, Galeria Terapiilor. The conference was for Romanian families who have children with disabilities and professionals involved in providing services to these children. I was honored to present the keynote speech via Skype last year. This year … Read More

Ilaria Smith: Making Us All Proud
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We love hearing from our past and present families. It’s always tough for us when we graduate a child, seeing them move on, full of expectation and hope, and hopefully armed with a solid foundation. We always appreciate hearing from the families and learning how they fared. We just received this note from Charles Smith and Marilyng Perez Montero regarding … Read More

Middle Ear Fluid: Developmental Effects on Children with Specific Attention to Those with Down Syndrome
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. It appears that middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion) is a significant problem for children with Down syndrome. Our experience at NACD with literally thousands of children with Down syndrome indicates that middle ear fluid issues are ubiquitous and are of tremendous concern relative to the global development in this population. For forty years … Read More

What Were Your Kids Doing Last Saturday?
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by Bob Doman Meet Leia Pope, daughter of Senghor and Claribel Pope and sister to Elaina and Camila. This past Saturday eleven-year-old Leia, one of our NACD homeschool kids from Georgia, probably did something none of your kids did—she flew. While most of her peers around the country had their noses stuck in their phones and iPads, playing video games, … Read More

Intensity: Get It – Got It – Good!
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by Bob Doman In an effort to help our NACD families and others maximize their efforts and make the most out of the time they have to work with their children, it is incredibly important to keep reminding everyone about the significance of intensity. The foundation of what we do at NACD is designing very targeted individualized programs that are … Read More

Breaking Down Stereotypes: Gabriel is a Winner!
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It has been a few years since I have seen Gabriel although he has been a part of NACD since he was a little guy. His mom and I reminisced about how I kept pushing him and them out of their comfort zones to ensure that Gabriel progressed. He has always been a charming and pleasant boy, chatty and sociable. … Read More

Never Say “No” to Your Child
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by Bob Doman One of the most common words children hear is the word “no.” I have heard parents spew it out like bullets being fired from machine guns at the same frequency and with what often sounds like similar intent. Working with parents and their children educationally and developmentally can be challenging, but not much makes this tougher than … Read More

Danielle, Super Reader
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by Sunette Payne One of the aspects that I love about working with NACD is meeting and working with so many amazing families. Being a “program-doing-mom” in this role, has also added many other unexpected benefits, some of which would be, being inspired by, challenged by and motivated by our wonderful parents and their children. We really do have the … Read More

NACD Science Corner Vol. 14 – Why Do People with Down Syndrome Have Less Cancer?
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A study published in Nature – International Journal of Science confirms that individuals with extra copies of chromosome 21, as found in individuals with Down syndrome, have genes that block certain types of cancer growth. This may have far-reaching implications in the therapies we use to treat cancer. Most types of cancer are rare in individuals with Down syndrome and … Read More

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