NACD: Doing What Works for Down Syndrome

NACD has been dedicated over the last several decades to addressing issues that impact on children and adults with Down syndrome. We seek to change public opinion as well as the opinions of parents and professionals about the potential of individuals with Down syndrome. Some of the questions and issues we address are:

Does the presence of ear fluid impact on learning? Yes. Behavior? Yes. Speech? Yes.

Does a low pulse or poor oxygen saturation levels impact on behavior? Yes. Attention? Yes. Learning? Yes.

Does diet impact on attention? Yes. Learning? Yes. 

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NACD’s Evolving & Eclectic Approach

NACD Down Syndrome InformationNACD has been working with thousands of children with Down syndrome for over thirty years. We have learned a great deal in that time about the reality of this diagnosis and what it does not mean. The diagnosis of Down syndrome does not mean that there is a genetically imposed limit to a child’s intelligence. It does not mean that there is going to be little or no speech. It does not mean that the child cannot learn at a reasonable pace. It also does not mean that the child with DS is just like every other child with DS.

While there are similar challenges to children carrying this diagnosis—such as a tendency toward low muscle tone and a risk of cardiac problems—there is no one-size-fits-all approach that is appropriate and efficient. The staff at NACD has seen children with DS make the honor roll, graduate from high school, attain meaningful careers and become active participants in the community. We have learned to see each child as an individual and assess his or her current level of function (which is to assess his or her current level of neurological efficiency) and then work from there. NACD knows all children with DS are not alike. We design each child’s program differently according to the current needs and level of function of that individual child.

Because NACD’s approach is eclectic and continually evolving, our prescribed program activities change as we learn new strategies that work even better than the old ones. We are constantly gathering methods proven to work from disciplines that address speech, vision, nutrition, tone-building, and efficient learning. For example, recent breakthroughs in the field of Speech Pathology that utilize a more developmental approach to achieve oral motor function have influenced NACD to alter our approach to oral motor work as well. The NACD staff continues to explore and learn new strategies to keep our programs the most efficient and effective in the world today.

Parent training is at the heart of NACD’s success. Our goal always is to assist parents in helping their children make significant progress in all areas of function including cognition, language, fine and gross motor skills, social interaction and behavior, and academic learning. Every child’s program is tailored to address all of these areas. NACD staff train parents in the implementation of the child’s program and remain available at all times to support parents in their efforts. It is the parents’ determination for their child to succeed combined with NACD’s dynamic program of appropriate intervention that leads to success.

Testimonials From NACD Clients

The Walk

by Sue Mayer Today was a beautiful spring day, but someone forgot to tell Sam that news. He woke up ...
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Down Syndrome: “Bill Davies”

When our son Bill was born we had no idea what an extraordinary journey we were embarking upon. It has ...
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Down Syndrome: “Gregory”

On April 19, 1983 we heard these words from a doctor, “I believe your newborn son has Down’s Syndrome. I ...
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John and the Art of Learning

by Jenny Marrs When John was born in the fall of 1994, we were devastated with the diagnosis of Down ...
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In Search of Joshua

My story begins on June 7, 1992, when my husband and I received a call about a baby born in ...
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Scott – A Father’s Story

More than ten years have gone by since my son was born. He came into our lives loved and wanted ...
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Down Syndrome: “Daniel”

My firstborn, Daniel, was born with a chromosomal abnormality known as Down Syndrome. The medical term for Daniel’s condition is ...
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Down Syndrome: “Cindy”

Cindy Cherie Wade was born May 22, 1976, in Salt Lake City. When the doctors told us that Cindy was ...
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Our Journey to NACD Changed Our Lives

by Joan Burns Seems like just yesterday (seven years ago) a tiny bundle of love was handed to me, his ...
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NACD Down Syndrome Website

For even more information about how NACD does what works for Down syndrome, visit our mini-site here: http://downsyndrome.nacd.org