AAAHHH SUMMER!!!
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by SARA ERLING It never fails, year after year, while we think –  and our NACD parents think –  that it is going to be a good and productive summer, it ends up being crazy with baseball, soccer, camp, barbecues, and vacations.  Life as we know it gets in the way.  Whether I am talking to a parent on the … Read More

Increase Chores and Responsibilities, Increase Expectations, Increase Independence, Raise the Bar – Improve Function!
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Vidya Guhan When you see these things listed on your program, it is easy to overlook them. After all, there are no assigned frequencies or durations, nothing you can check off your daily list, and they are so vague. You are likely thinking, “My child does his chores, she has her responsibilities, my expectations are high; otherwise I wouldn’t even … Read More

Motivation in 2010
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by Lyn Waldeck Lyn Waldeck with the beautiful Emma Castineiras It is that time of the year again. It’s the season when your local health clubs are advertising heavily to convince you that you need to recommit to exercise. It is the time of year that the Container Store runs their sales on products to help you organize. It is … Read More

JUST WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR: AN NACD COACH!
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by Ellen Doman At this time of year in particular, we are all wondering how to get everything done that needs to be done. We need to be able to prioritize and strategize to prevent important things, such as our children’s progress, from backsliding. In NACD’s continuing effort to give parents the tools they need to help their children succeed, … Read More

The Importance of Walking
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Michael Jen (Michael Jen is one of our NACD dads. He is a martial arts instructor, as well as a muscle balance and function facilitator. Not only does he teach others about fitness, but he “walks the walk” as well—he and his family walk 2-4 miles each day!) Both serious athletes and fitness enthusiasts seem always to be on the … Read More

NACD CHAPTERS IMPROVING LIVES AND IMPACTING COMMUNITIES
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NACD works with some of the best families in the world. When these families get together to change how their communities view children with delays, they can make a resounding difference. How does this work? It works best when NACD parents join forces with other NACD parents within a geographic area to effect change. Each quarter as NACD evaluators travel … Read More

Stressed Out Parents and the Art of Staying Positive
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By Ellen Doman Every week somewhere in the U.S. a mother sits across from me and wrings her hands or pulls at her hair and tells me what a terrible job she is doing as a parent. The really odd thing about it is that this parent’s child might be doing great. In the midst of her own anguish over … Read More

From One NACD Mom to Another: Encouragement to Join the “1,000 Hats” Club
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by Lisa Jamieson, Co-author of Finding Glory in the Thorns As a mom, I wear many hats. As an NACD mom, I’ve worn even more. And just like our ever-changing Minnesota weather seasons require different kinds of hats, my life’s seasons often require that I take on different roles and wear different “hats” to make sure my daughter Carly’s program … Read More

2008 Rendezvous Recap
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by Sara Erling “Thanks again for the wonderful time during the NACD Rendezvous!  Your hard work did not go unnoticed!” —Steve and Lori Lane “My husband and I also want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to everyone there for the great times and opportunities you presented for the NACD families. What a joy it was to get to meet … Read More

Ask Bob: Volume 1
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ASK BOB: What is your perspective on the advantage or disadvantage of videogames on brain functioning and does the answer differ for different levels of development or levels of brain function/disabilities? If not detrimental, is there a level/amount of usage that would be acceptable. Obviously, violent games are completely detrimental as far as we are concerned, but it is the … Read More

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