Coco the Wonder Boy – Raising the Bar
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Introduction by Bob Doman First the Vision, Then the Plan, and Then the Implementation Most real successes begin with a vision, a vision that defines what we want to achieve. One would hope that we are all directed by and driven by a vision of what can be for us as individuals, for our children, and even for our communities, … 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

Anxiety in our Children: The Role of Avoidance Behavior
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by Sara Erling I know a boy. He is a very smart, fun, engaging boy. From the outside you would think this kid has lots of friends, is very social, the class clown, etc. But at home just calling a friend to go do something is a very big feat. The act of calling a friend, or even texting them, … Read More

The Whole, Intact, Total, and Complete Child
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by Bob Doman Back in the ‘80s I traveled around the country, lecturing to parents and professionals. On many of these occasions I spoke to them about the importance of understanding and utilizing neuroplasticity, which with rare exception none of them had ever heard of. I also spoke about how the model of providing therapeutic intervention on a weekly or … Read More

Anxiety in Our Children: How They Sleep, What They Eat, How They Move, The Basics
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by Sara Erling We have all heard it a thousand times: eating better, sleeping better, getting physical exercise helps our overall health. While this is something that our NACD families in general are very conscious about with their children with developmental issues, it is not uncommon to hear that those rules don’t really apply to everyone in the family. Let’s … Read More

Targeted Home Education – T.H.E. Way Forward
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by Bob Doman On January 26th I was given the honor of providing the keynote address for the Winter Home School Conference in Layton, Utah. The conference was a great success with a couple thousand in attendance. As I was preparing for the conference, I realized that I needed to address an underlying systemic issue with homeschool, which was simply … Read More

Anxiety in Our Children: An NACD Series
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by Sara Erling Growing up in small town Idaho, anxiety was rarely expressed as an issue with children and adolescents. Anxiety was something that adults had. Even in college 20-24 years ago, stress was an issue when papers were due, or it was finals week. The talk of anxiety and panic attacks was never common, and medication was not needed … Read More

A Sense of Community: Impacting Children in Davenport
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by Sara Erling As many of you know, NACD is all about family. We encourage and empower parents to work with their children. We encourage and empower siblings to help siblings. We also encourage families working together to change mindsets about what truly is possible with our children, regardless of labels they may have received. I am so thankful to … Read More

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

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