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

Making the Most of Your Summer with NACD
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by Ellen Doman As the days get longer and warmer, we are all finding ourselves looking forward to summer. As evaluators, we look forward to summer as well. This is a most wonderful opportunity to make truly exceptional gains with your child. So as you are trying to figure out how to arrange your summer, let me make some suggestions. … Read More

Shaurya and Sasha
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by Prachi Sinha, NACD Neurodevelopmentalist in India Shaurya is a young entrepreneur with Down syndrome, and he has made me a very proud evaluator. Shaurya, along with another young man, Sashank (also with Down syndrome), runs a small business called Sasha. Sasha began its journey from Thailand about 2 years back when the moms of the two boys got together … Read More

Big Steps + Little Steps = Giant Strides
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by Cori Longfellow NACD mom and coach At 2 ½ our son Evan rarely gave us any eye-contact, and did not communicate outside of dragging one of us to the kitchen when he was hungry, repeating phrases he heard on TV, or echoing what we said to him. He could play by himself beautifully for hours, but would throw huge … Read More

Autism Spectrum: Working with “T”
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by Sara Erling “T was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 4. Before we started with NACD 2 years ago, he had a high-pitched tone in his speech and he was afraid of loud noises. He could not take the regular school bus because it was too loud. He was in a mainstream classroom but got pulled out … Read More

Face the Challenge
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KIDS CORNER by Lavanya Guhan A challenge, even though very tough Is a kind of opponent That eats you up in an instant very greedily And spits you out as fire bolts And although this omnipotent creature Never has an owner It still can do whatever it wants To strike you right away So do not collapse, do not fall … Read More

HAVE YOU HUGGED A COACH TODAY?
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by Lori Riggs MA, CCC/SLP Director, Center for Speech and Sound   If you are an NACD family already, you know that NACD is a very dynamic organization. Nothing is status quo-we’re always looking for and thinking of ideas to make what we do better. One of the best “better” things we have done, in my opinion, is to add … Read More

Siblings of NACD Special Needs Children: The Game Where Everyone Wins
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by Lyn Waldeck At our recent staff training/brainstorming session last October, it was time to talk about articles for upcoming newsletters. I personally like to contribute in January because it fits right in to New Year’s resolutions, setting priorities, and making plans. Over the years I have actually written articles that touch on some of the key components of this … Read More

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