Nicolas Cooke is Physically and Mentally Tough

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by Lyn Waldeck Today’s spotlight is on a fine young man who I have known since 1996. Yes, that is correct, 1996. I have been with NACD long enough now to have several adults that I have seen since they were infants, Nicolas Cooke being one of them. When I think of individuals that I have the greatest amount of … Read More

2020

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by Bob Doman Here we are, at the beginning of not just a new year, but a new decade. I never quite got the celebration thing. Apparently, the foundation of the New Year’s celebration is to bid farewell to the previous year and welcome the new year. I personally liked 2019. I had the opportunity to see many fantastic changes … Read More

Coco Does it Again!

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Creating a New Vision, Implementing the Plan, and Redefining Potential by Bob Doman I have introduced you to Coco previously here and here. Coco is now almost five and a half. For those of you who are new to Coco, he was born with a brain injury/cerebral palsy, with a very broad range of issues and a terrible prognosis. Previously … Read More

Why You Need to Talk to Us a Lot More

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by Ellen Doman Did you ever walk out of an evaluation and on the way home think of something you forgot to ask about in the evaluation? Did you ever think about the evaluation conversation the next day and think that you really didn’t get something the evaluator said? How about when you get a program activity that seems way … Read More

Bowen Oliver Finds His Voice

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by Mandy Oliver When Bowen was almost three years old, we received a formal diagnosis of autism. The diagnosis didn’t scare us, but the lack of therapies that were offered, particularly in our area of the country, did. We were looking at shuttling our child around to multiple 30 minute appointments, all in various cities, multiple times a week. We … Read More

Where Did the Time Go?

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by Bob Doman For many of you school has started and you have discovered that there are not enough minutes let alone hours in the day. As you try to fit more and more into your day there are two primary things you need to do to maximize your time and produce successful outcomes. You need to prioritize and schedule. … Read More

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

Independence, Initiation, Responsibility, Self-Respect, Self-Awareness, Empowerment, Service: Chores

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by Bob Doman From our tiniest children, who lack the awareness that they can initiate movement, language, or even play, to our teens and young adults who have not established an identity, a sense of worth, or self-respect and who feel entitled, often one of the most significant missing ingredients is ownership of chores. Contributing, having chores, jobs, and responsibilities … Read More

2019 Transylvania, Romania NACD Event

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by Bob Doman A lot of folks, particularly in the USA, have a hard time describing where in the world Romania is or are able to tell you much of anything about Romania (which unfortunately speaks to our educational system); but ask about Transylvania and everyone’s interest perks up and they conjure up visions of Dracula. This last month I … Read More

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