Parents’ Brag: No More Signs of Aspergers
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by Lou Stinnett I have to share a recent event that thrilled me, but first, you need to understand the background. When my son Bradley started his NACD program at age eleven, he was two to three years behind academically, and he had diagnoses of Aspergers, a form of autism, and Tourette’s Syndrome. Over the next two years on program, … Read More

The NACD Perspective: Why We Do What We Do
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Abstract: What makes NACD uniquely qualified to help individuals succeed and how can parents actively participate? NACD was established in 1979. We’re an international organization with many chapters and regions around the United States as well as our international chapters. We work with a full range of individuals—from those in a coma to those who are gifted and talented and anything in between. … Read More

A Special Thank You from Bob
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This past Christmas I was overwhelmed when I received an entire book of notes and pictures from my NACD families. You all have no idea how privileged and honored I feel to be able to participate in your lives and those of your children. The book has become my most treasured possession. Thank you all from the bottom of my … Read More

Parenting 101: Questions for Bob Doman, Part 2
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. Dear Bob, I am becoming very concerned with my two-year-old son and his lack of language development, he only says a few words and recently just put his first two words together “top it”. Should I be concerned and what should I do? Thanks, K   Dear K, I’m glad you asked this question; it is … Read More

Parenting 101: The Love of Learning
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. Changing the brain (i.e., learning) requires providing the brain with specific, appropriate input that must be delivered with sufficient frequency, intensity and duration. Of the three components – frequency, intensity and duration – the least important is duration. Unfortunately, duration is the one component “education” tends to concentrate on the most. Most educators and legislators believe that “in order for … Read More

Parenting 101: Being Specific – Parent Power
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. One of the keys to development and education revolves around the word specific. How specific the input is, and how appropriate it is to the individual child, largely determines how much impact it has on the brain. Random, disorganized input, which I call “stuff,” does not develop brains; specific, appropriate input does. Understanding the importance of … Read More

Auditory and Visual Digit Spans
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The differences in intellectual abilities between digit spans of 10’s and 14’s, or beyond Michele Aldridge I have utilized the teaching tools of auditory and visual digit spans with all of my children over my many years association with NACD and Robert Doman.  My eldest child is brain injured and has been on program for more years than I care … Read More

Parenting 101: A Child’s Education Begins with Educating the Parents
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. “When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments: tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.” – Louis Pasteur One of the great mysteries of life has to do with the big question of our children and their potential. What is it, and how do we help them achieve … Read More

The Selective Use of TV and Videos for Advancing the Development of Special Needs, Typical and Accelerated Preschool Children
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Robert J. Doman Jr. TV/Videos and The Preschool Child For over twenty-five years, the National Association for Child Development (NACD) has had the opportunity to serve a large, international caseload of children covering the entire functional spectrum. Our work with innovating ways to accelerate the development of children with profound developmental issues (such as brain injury, autism and Down syndrome) … Read More

Language Delay: “Chad”
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Testimony on the Success of the NACD Program by Kurt and Penny Anderson Our son, Chad, was born in June of 1988. It was very obvious by the time he was three that his motor skills development was delayed and he was having trouble communicating, which frustrated him as much, or more than us. We noticed early on that he … Read More

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