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NACD: A Game Changer for Our Daughter

by M. Harrington

We brought our daughter to NACD after adopting her from another country at the age of 7 and trying for four years to homeschool her ourselves. While we were making progress developmentally and academically, progress was slow before we found NACD. Lyn helped us discover specific things about our daughter’s brain and the way it processed information that seemed to unlock her potential. We started doing the things on the program, which at first seemed sort of silly, like patching one eye and ear, massaging with special gloves, and just repeating numbers. All of this was specifically prescribed for our daughter’s specific needs and we trusted the process and followed the program. In the 2.5 years we spent meeting with Lyn every four months or so, our daughter went from having almost no ability to create or participate in conversation at the age of 12 to being a talkative, inquisitive, even clever young lady at 14 1/2. She went from throwing toddler tantrums to being able to control frustrations in a healthy manner and accept when she doesn’t get everything she wants. She went from retaining about 5% of what she read, to now being able to tell us about the things she just read because she found it interesting. She has now taken it upon herself to follow a 1-year bible reading plan, and is on track 8 months later! She went from needing to be told every single thing to do, to being a nearly self-sufficient girl who follows her list, cooks for herself, helps with many chores, and likes to do things with other family members. She is ready now to get plugged in to youth groups and classes, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the support we received from NACD. We will continue to follow their advice and the maintenance program, and we would recommend NACD strongly to any family who has children who struggle mentally. It is a game changer!

Reprinted by permission of The NACD Foundation, Volume 33 No. 9, 2020 ©NACD

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