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NACD Targeted Home-Based Education: The Vision and the Plan
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by Bob Doman We are often asked, “What does a day doing NACD Home-Based Education look like?” Let’s see if we can help you get the picture. The truth is, the picture looks different for every family and almost constantly changes. Every child and every family are different and so are most days. A typical day for a child with … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 4
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Who Is Shaping Your Child’s Self Image and Impacting Their Future? by Bob Doman   My teacher thinks I’m dumb! I must be! The other kids don’t like me! Something is wrong with me! I’m just not okay! Granddad thinks I’m the greatest! He’s smart—I must be great! Mom likes me and loves me! I’m likeable and loveable!   Everyone … Read More

COVID-19 Distance Learning: How Distant From Learning Is It?
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by Bob Doman Truth is that from what I’m hearing from around the country and to some degree internationally, the schools have really done a phenomenal job of creating distant learning programs virtually overnight. It does, however, beg the question as to how much learning is taking place. How distant from learning is it, or was school? I am hearing … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 3
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by Bob Doman   You say nice things –I like you! You’re fun to be around! You think I’m good-you like me! I’ll be good for you and try hard! You just say ugly things to me! You think I’m bad and dumb—then I’ll be bad and dumb!   Simple statements: The more positive you are with a child, the … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 1
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Was That Right or Wrong? (And does it matter?) by Bob Doman Was that right or wrong? Did I do well or not? Was that important or not? Does getting it right matter, and if so how much? Should I care—do I care? Is it fun? Do I like this and want to do it again? Am I good at … Read More

Feedback and Its Impact on Behavior, Learning, Development, and More – Part 2
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You Like Things You Think You’re Good At by Bob Doman I’m good at reading! I love to read! I stink at reading—I hate it! I’m great at soccer! I really like playing soccer; let’s play some more! I’m lousy at soccer—I hate it, I quit! Simple statement: You like what you think you’re good at. The ramifications of this … 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

Coco Does it Again!
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Creating a New Vision, Implementing the Plan, and Redefining Potential by Bob Doman I have introduced you to Coco previously here and here. Coco is now almost five and a half. For those of you who are new to Coco, he was born with a brain injury/cerebral palsy, with a very broad range of issues and a terrible prognosis. Previously … Read More

Where Did the Time Go?
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by Bob Doman For many of you school has started and you have discovered that there are not enough minutes let alone hours in the day. As you try to fit more and more into your day there are two primary things you need to do to maximize your time and produce successful outcomes. You need to prioritize and schedule. … Read More

Anxiety in Our Children: The Impact of Anxiety on Working Memory
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by Sara Erling In my last article I mentioned that working memory is another factor to consider when looking at anxiety in our children. Bob Doman, founder and director of NACD, has been at the forefront of understanding working memory and its impact on global function since the early ‘80s. It is a big deal. It is not just big, … Read More

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