Making the Most of the Summer, Holidays & School Breaks
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by Ellen Doman For many children and young adults with whom we work, it is summer. For our families in the Southern Hemisphere school has recently resumed, but there will be those rather long school breaks. Parents often question what to do with these “breaks” and vacation times so that they really feel like fun and are rejuvenating. There are … Read More

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

NACD Instilling Independence
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Home Education: Opening the Doors to Brilliant Futures and Fulfillment of Dreams An Introduction to Aidia Brennan by Bob Doman Perhaps the only thing that feels better for us at NACD than having parents who really get it is seeing the results of them having gotten it. It’s an incredible honor and privilege to be in a position to help … 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

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

T.H.E. Targeted Home Education
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Homeschool Renamed, Re-envisioned, and Given a New Way Forward by Bob Doman   I have been an advocate of homeschooling and home-based educational, developmental/therapeutic intervention for close to fifty years. The whole foundation of NACD (The National Association for Child Development) is built on development, health, education, and where needed, therapeutic intervention, all centered and accomplished within the home. Our … Read More

In the Kitchen with Ava
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Introduction by Lyn Waldeck Let me introduce you to a lovely young lady that I think the world of, Ava Penkilo. I have had the pleasure of working with Ava for some time now and can honestly say that to know Ava is to love Ava. She is an exceptionally kind girl and a very hard worker. Not everything has … Read More

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