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How to Teach Your Child With Special Needs to Wear a Mask
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by Bob Doman For many preschool children and children with special needs, particularly those on the autism spectrum, getting them to tolerate a mask can be a daunting task. For a child who doesn’t understand the need for a mask and who has some tactile defensiveness, getting them to wear a mask can be extremely difficult. Some of you might … Read More

NACD Homeschool & Home Education FAQ
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NACD Program for Home Education FAQ For those exploring options and asking questions about NACD Home Education or interest in homeschool for your child, we have collected a list of questions and answers that may help you with your decision making process. The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions about our NACD Home Education (Homeschooling) program: What is NACD … Read More

YouTube: Parental Warning
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Unintended, Potential Harmful and Addictive Effects of YouTube on Children and Young Adults with Developmental Issues by Bob Doman Who would have thought that one of the potentially most harmful “tools” available to our children was something as educational and entertaining as YouTube? For many children and young adults with developmental issues, it is. Our work at the National Association … Read More

Nicolas Cooke is Physically and Mentally Tough
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by Lyn Waldeck Today’s spotlight is on a fine young man who I have known since 1996. Yes, that is correct, 1996. I have been with NACD long enough now to have several adults that I have seen since they were infants, Nicolas Cooke being one of them. When I think of individuals that I have the greatest amount of … Read More

Developmental/Therapeutic Intervention: Proactive or Reactive?
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by Bob Doman To be proactive is to anticipate, prepare, and intervene based on a long-term vision and perspective. When anticipating the future, you react accordingly before it actually happens. To be reactive is to respond to a situation, rather than creating or controlling it. How does this relate to what we do with our children? What we do in … Read More

NACD International Outreach – Bulgaria
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On March 16th Bob Doman gave three lectures to groups of professionals and parents in Sofia, Bulgaria. The topics of the lectures were Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Brain Injury/Cerebral Palsy. The lectures were organized by Gabriela Trichkova, one of our super NACD moms, and the Bulgarian Down syndrome Parents’ Organization. Gabriela was anxious to help educate both professionals … Read More

NACD Math Program
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Now exclusively available for NACD families Free with your NACD membership   NACD Math was designed not only to teach children how to do math, but also to help them learn that math is easy, that they are good at math, and to enjoy it. NACD Math is now made available online for our NACD clients through the NACD Family … 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

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

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

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