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

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

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

Intention: Let’s Do This Smarter, Improving Results
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I have received some great feedback from families who have been utilizing The One Thing. Congratulations to all of you who have taken advantage of this great tool. The reason The One Thing works so well is that you are giving yourself permission to focus on something. Focusing on something is essentially a license to not try to focus on … 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

Ilaria Smith: Making Us All Proud
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We love hearing from our past and present families. It’s always tough for us when we graduate a child, seeing them move on, full of expectation and hope, and hopefully armed with a solid foundation. We always appreciate hearing from the families and learning how they fared. We just received this note from Charles Smith and Marilyng Perez Montero regarding … Read More

Intensity: Get It – Got It – Good!
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by Bob Doman In an effort to help our NACD families and others maximize their efforts and make the most out of the time they have to work with their children, it is incredibly important to keep reminding everyone about the significance of intensity. The foundation of what we do at NACD is designing very targeted individualized programs that are … Read More

NACD Science Corner Vol. 13 – Is Reading to Your Child Better Than Using Other Media?
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  A newly published study explored the effects of reading to your child versus having them use other media, such as watching a cartoon or listening to an audiobook. “In a single generation, the explosion of screen-based media has transformed the experience of childhood, from TV and videos, to an unlimited range of content available at any time via portable … Read More

The Importance of Language
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by Ellen Doman   Decades ago, I worked with a mental health service that is called “wraparound.” It provides Mobile Therapists and Behavior Specialists in family homes to work directly with children and their parents when the children are believed to be high risk for placement in residential treatment programs. I had the great opportunity of working with a very … Read More

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