A Declaration for Independence
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by Bob Doman We generally think of independence as being free of outside control. With children, and from a developmental perspective, I see it not so much as being free of outside control as gaining self-determination, autonomy, and initiative. To discover that you can affect and change what is happening and to perceive, learn, and develop initiative are very important … Read More

The Importance of Consistency
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by Sara Erling, NACD After being gone several weeks this summer, I had not maintained my normal fitness routine. You see, I am one of those crazy people who likes to run marathons and work out at 5 a.m. I also like food. I figure the more I work out, the less restrictive I have to be with what food … Read More

The Role of Short-Term Memory in Academic Achievement
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by John M. Jaquith, M. Ed. Click here to read the study (PDF) Abstract In order to see the effects of short-term memory on standardized achievement scores, this study compared the auditory and visual digit spans of 546 students (from a private school located in the Southeastern part of the United States) to their scores on the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). … Read More

NACD – A Research Based Program
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Research Study by Brigham Young University: The Efficacy of the NACD Program Reprinted by permission of The NACD Foundation, Volume 15 No. 1, 2007 ©NACD Click here to read the study (PDF)

NACD Neuroeducational Model Program
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by Randy Estes Reprinted by permission of The NACD Foundation, Volume 15 No. 2, 2002 ©NACD Click here to read the study (PDF)

Brag – Usaid
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by Fatima Shaikh I am the mother of a lovely 12-year old boy, Usaid. He was diagnosed with Autism when he was 3 1/2 years old. We went through all the regular denials, nightmares, helplessness, and frustrations that all parents of newly diagnosed ASD children go through. As his language started developing with speech therapy, we discovered he was advanced … Read More

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

All About Sarah
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By Ellen Doman This is not so much a brag as it is an acknowledgement of how far this girl has come. My friend, Sarah, is an eighth grader. She sequences nines and tens with ease. She loves sports and has a passion for playing golf. She’s a great student and has scored very high on our testing and the … Read More

Siblings Helping Siblings
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By Sara Erling NACD Evaluator NACD works with cream of the crop parents–parents who are willing to do whatever they can do to help their child succeed. While being able to do an entire program, as well as all your other duties that fall under the job of parent, sounds fairly easy in theory, we all know that reality is … Read More

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