Increase Chores and Responsibilities, Increase Expectations, Increase Independence, Raise the Bar – Improve Function!
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Vidya Guhan When you see these things listed on your program, it is easy to overlook them. After all, there are no assigned frequencies or durations, nothing you can check off your daily list, and they are so vague. You are likely thinking, “My child does his chores, she has her responsibilities, my expectations are high; otherwise I wouldn’t even … Read More

Brag – Connor Macchabee
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by Julie Macchabee It is not how you start but how you finish the race; and by the way, this race you have begun will be a marathon. Do not feel defeated Gather your strength For if you glance to the right The sun is shining bright. Glance to your left and see that you are not alone. Other families … Read More

Maggie’s Story
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My husband and I felt like deer in the headlights as we walked into Bob’s office for the first time. Just a few months before, on her first birthday, our little daughter had been diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. Bob was quite matter of fact, confident, firm in a loving sort of way, and completely open and hopeful about the … Read More

A Brag on Miss Stephany
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By Sara Erling Stephany is a beautiful and talented dancer who is 13 and from a rural area in Montana.  She started with NACD in April of 2009.  She had a rough start to her life, being diagnosed with Toxoplasmosis, and it was only after heavy supplementation that she recovered.  Due to this slow start, she was behind developmentally and … Read More

Working on Getting More Program Done? Here’s a great organizational tool: The NACD Family Planning Calendar!
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As we work together to find the best ways to help your child progress faster, the issue of getting more program done keeps presenting itself. Many of us wonder where the time goes as we mentally list all of the things that we did not complete in the day. In order to address this need, NACD has developed an online … Read More

Abby’s Road
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By Ellen Doman Abby is a bright and chatty young lady. She recently turned seven and attends first grade at her local elementary school. Abby has been with NACD since she was almost three. By age four she was on age level for her auditory processing. She was reading high interest words and speaking in short sentences. She enjoyed talking … Read More

All About Sarah
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By Ellen Doman This is not so much a brag as it is an acknowledgement of how far this girl has come. My friend, Sarah, is an eighth grader. She sequences nines and tens with ease. She loves sports and has a passion for playing golf. She’s a great student and has scored very high on our testing and the … Read More

Siblings Helping Siblings
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By Sara Erling NACD Evaluator NACD works with cream of the crop parents–parents who are willing to do whatever they can do to help their child succeed. While being able to do an entire program, as well as all your other duties that fall under the job of parent, sounds fairly easy in theory, we all know that reality is … Read More

A Part of All That I Have Met
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by Kenneth H. Waldeck I was born to two dedicated parents whose care exceeded just addressing the needs of the present. Perhaps it was the hopelessness that theses loving parents felt that prompted care like this. After all, these parents also had a severely brain injured son named Evan. They had to look forward to the future, because focusing on … Read More

CHINA
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KIDS CORNER by Sarah Dils This is another story from our foreign correspondent, Sarah Dils. We are very proud of Sarah for her contributions to our newsletter. CHINA I lived in China for about 3 years and before we lived there, we lived in Japan. We moved to a neighborhood called Beverly Hills which, to tell you the truth, was nothing … Read More

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