Jennie
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Jennie – 33 years old 9-28-2017 Six years ago my daughter Jennie and I moved to St. George, Utah from California. My daughter has Down Syndrome and was 27 years old and had been in special education classes all of her life. At this time I was introduced to the NACD organization and Sara Erling. Jennie has been blessed to … Read More

NACD and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy)—Very Different Approaches
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We are sometimes asked how NACD differs from the ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis therapy approach to individuals with Autism. In simplistic terms, the two approaches have profound philosophical differences that impact on the specific practices as well as the understanding of what needs to be changed. NACD approaches any individual as a whole person. We seek to understand all … Read More

The Role of Short-Term Memory in Academic Achievement
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by John M. Jaquith, M. Ed. Click here to read the study (PDF) Abstract In order to see the effects of short-term memory on standardized achievement scores, this study compared the auditory and visual digit spans of 546 students (from a private school located in the Southeastern part of the United States) to their scores on the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). … Read More

Attention Deficit Disorder: “Sunny”
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  You are my sunshine My only sunshine You make my happy When skies are gray You’ll never know dear How much I love you. Please don’t take My sunshine away How many nights I sang that song to a croupy, wheezing, fussy Sunny. Her arms would fly out, her feet would push off. “Sunny, Sunny, shh, baby.” Colds, allergies, … Read More

Attention Deficit Disorder: “Brian”
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“Saying that you can cure dyslexia is like saying that you can cure blue eyes. You either have it or you don’t,” said a recent college graduate with a degree in learning disabilities. My son Brian is living proof that, through God’s grace and the help of NACD, this is not true. As a preschooler, Brian was a happy, busy, … Read More

Brain Change: Simple Interventions to Dramatically Improve Student Functioning
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by Carol Estrada Bruce Haslam, PhD, Director of Research for The NACD Foundation, along with Tamara Knapp-Grosz, PhD, Director of Counseling and Support Services at Savannah College of Art & Design, presented “Brain Change: Simple Interventions to Dramatically Improve Student Functioning” at the 45th Southeast Conference of College Counseling Center Personnel held on November 5-7th in Chattanooga, TN. The presentation … Read More

Learning Disabilities: Isaac Petrucka
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by Christi Petrucka Isaac had been struggling with reading and expressing himself for so long, that by the time I heard about the NACD in May 2012, when he was 16, I knew that I was quickly running out of time to help him. It’s not that I hadn’t done anything up to this point. His difficulties were obvious early … Read More

Studies on Working Memory
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by Ellen R. Doman M.A. Baddeley’s model of working memory was published in 1974 (Baddeley, Hitch 1974) and continues to be used by professionals today. Prior to their work, the only part of thinking that had been clearly defined was the short term memory (Atkininson, Shiffrin 1971). According to Baddeley and Hitch (1974), the working memory was responsible for processing … 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

NACD Kids: Mary Beth
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By Monique Cunningham My daughter Mary Beth had been diagnosed by the first grade with several labels – ADHD, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and auditory processing. Our small private school had a program called Discovery Lab where children with learning disabilities were helped on a one-on-one basis. They used a multi-sensory approach to teach our kids. Knowing no other alternative, we enrolled … Read More

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