Brag: The Houser Men
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by Kristina Houser & Lyn Waldeck In the years I have been associated with NACD, I have worked with a many wonderful families. Since I have been around long enough now (20 years + in one capacity of another), I have gotten the pleasure of watching many children become wonderful adults. At a recent evaluation I asked one of the … Read More

Getting Program Done
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by Vidya Guhan, NACD Developmentalist and Coach As a coach, this tends to be the number one concern that I address with parents. As a parent, I always come home from an evaluation feeling good, feeling like I have a plan and can make some real progress. Then I receive my program, and I feel even better– someone has put … Read More

My First Marathon: And with the Running Came the Healing
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by Roxane Sarrazit, NACD Mom For as long as I can remember, I have never liked running. I have always been poor at it. So since there was so much room for improvement, it seemed to be the perfect sport for me. I took up running in February 2011 at the old age of 33. My fourth baby was 7 … Read More

The Value of Videos
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By Ellen Doman As we increase the number of Skype evaluations that we do and continue to request videos through our coaching program, we need to look at why we are doing videos and how to make the most of these opportunities. As evaluators we have a perspective regarding your child based on our own observations in evaluations, your written … Read More

The Driving Force – Shauya
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by Prachi Sinha You may have read earlier about Shauya Mehotra and his art in our newsletter. The latest feat for Shaurya is that he is driving a car! He may have Down syndrome, but he doesn’t let it stand in his way. From the clutch and the accelerator to the steering wheel, he is working the whole shebang. As … Read More

Sensory Processing David: Another Success Story
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by Sara Erling I remember talking to David’s mom, Holly, prior to her starting the NACD program. She was familiar with NACD because when she was a girl in the 80s, her mom had helped do program with three children. So when her own son, David, was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder, anxiety, and right brain-left brain issues, Holly … Read More

Magic Pills, Magic Bullets and the Latest New Thing
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by Ellen Doman Have you heard about the latest supplement that fixes autism? Have you heard about this reading program that fixes dyslexia? There is this new exercise that immediately reorganizes the brain! Every day there are new fixes out there. With our internet access we are bombarded with new information and the latest immediate solutions. While we all wish … Read More

Arianna
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Arianna is 13 years old. She happened to have been born with one extra chromosome, a fact that is neither positive nor negative but certainly has been a challenge for her in many ways. As parents we learned that the medical term is designated Trisomy 21. We feel very strong about using that term. Verbalizing that our daughter had Down … Read More

Get Help!
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by Vidya Guhan As parents, we are responsible for getting program done with our child. But we certainly don’t have to do it all ourselves. We should think of ourselves as the managers or supervisors of our child’s program. To be successful, especially in the long term, it is helpful to get a team of people you can train to … Read More

Sequence the Summer Away!
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by Sara Erling Ah, summer! It’s the time that most of us spend outside–at the pool, relaxing in the sun, and just having fun. We often look at our NACD programs as a separate part of our day, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You can make your program a part of your day and have fun doing … Read More

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