Autism Spectrum: Finally – I am a Soccer Mom!

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by Tamara Grosz, Ph.D., Mama Time – Southeast As a mother of a child with special needs I have sat on the sidelines for years excitedly cheering for children of close friends who danced in recitals, played baseball, basketball, football and of course–soccer! It is a bittersweet feeling, participating in these events, you are so proud of your friend’s child … Read More

A New View of Children within the Autism Spectrum – Ross

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Bob Doman The following story about Ross exemplifies the potential strengths of children who have been labeled as being within the spectrum and also the potential danger of labeling and classifying individuals. I proudly identify many of my good friends as “nerds,” a classification that I have often wished to be able to share, regardless of the fact that if they were children today … 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

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

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

NACD Makes Adults Smarter Too!

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by Bridget Sheehan My name is Bridget, and I’m living in Dublin Ireland and working full time as Senior Manager in financial services. I have a Master’s degree. In May 2010 I went to London to meet Bob Doman. I had seen the amazing difference that Bob and Sara Erling had made working with my niece. I was curious to … Read More

A Part of All That I Have Met

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by Kenneth H. Waldeck I was born to two dedicated parents whose care exceeded just addressing the needs of the present. Perhaps it was the hopelessness that theses loving parents felt that prompted care like this. After all, these parents also had a severely brain injured son named Evan. They had to look forward to the future, because focusing on … Read More

Williams Syndrome: “Mila” Not Held Back by Williams Syndrome

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by Roxane S. Mila, our little girl with Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder, has been discharged from special education this morning…because she’s obviously too bright. Mila is three years old and has been with NACD for two years on program. When she was younger, we were told by other experts (not NACD), “Your child may never button her own shirt.” … Read More

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