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

Behavior and Processing
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by Ellen Doman Every week I see children who are not co-operating with processing activities. This may be happening with your child. Sorting out what is going on with that situation is a job that you, your support person and your evaluator will need to address. Let’s take a minute, however, and look at some typical scenarios that may help … Read More

Toilet Training: Is My Child Ready???
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There are several stages of potty training. They begin with showing signs of potty training readiness and conclude with being able to use the toilet away from home. The first stage of potty training begins when your child shows the following signs of potty training readiness: Can process a sequence of 2-3 Expresses an interest in using the potty Notices … Read More

The NACD Perspective: Why We Do What We Do
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Abstract: What makes NACD uniquely qualified to help individuals succeed and how can parents actively participate? NACD was established in 1979. We’re an international organization with many chapters and regions around the United States as well as our international chapters. We work with a full range of individuals—from those in a coma to those who are gifted and talented and anything in between. … Read More

Parenting 101: Questions for Bob Doman, Part 2
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. Dear Bob, I am becoming very concerned with my two-year-old son and his lack of language development, he only says a few words and recently just put his first two words together “top it”. Should I be concerned and what should I do? Thanks, K   Dear K, I’m glad you asked this question; it is … Read More

Parenting 101: The Love of Learning
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. Changing the brain (i.e., learning) requires providing the brain with specific, appropriate input that must be delivered with sufficient frequency, intensity and duration. Of the three components – frequency, intensity and duration – the least important is duration. Unfortunately, duration is the one component “education” tends to concentrate on the most. Most educators and legislators believe that “in order for … Read More

Parenting 101: The Development of Memory and Thought
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. An unfortunate reality is that many important aspects of your child’s development are left to chance. Fortunately, one of the most important pieces in the developmental puzzle, if understood by parents, can be significantly and often dramatically improved. That piece is “sequential processing” – the stuff of which memory and thought are made of. Sequential processing … Read More

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