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: The Development of Memory and Thought
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. An unfortunate reality is that many important aspects of your child’s development are left to chance. Fortunately, one of the most important pieces in the developmental puzzle, if understood by parents, can be significantly and often dramatically improved. That piece is “sequential processing” – the stuff of which memory and thought are made of. Sequential processing … 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 by 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 … 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

The Autistic Child
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. Children labeled as “autistic” have been enigmas since they were first identified. Fortunately, some questions surrounding these children are being answered. Many “autistic” children (children with sensory dysfunction) are now being helped, and some are achieving “normal” function. As a result of NACD’s work with “autistic” children, we have also gained a better understanding of … Read More

Down Syndrome
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. Down Syndrome is the most common and best known of the chromosomal anomalies. The condition was first described by Langdon Down in 1866. Previously, the children with this anomaly were labeled as Mongoloids. The term was applied to these children because of the somewhat oriental look produced by the epicanthal folds. The folds, which produce … Read More

The Autism Spectrum
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. Let me begin with a brief history of our experience with children within the autism spectrum over the past several decades, for doing so will give you a better understanding of the significant “pieces of the puzzle” we are working with in regard to what we know thus far about the autism spectrum and how … Read More

Language Acquisition in Children with Down Syndrome: The significance of auditory function and the developmental costs of teaching signing or “Total Communication”
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by Robert J. Doman Jr.   In order to determine appropriate treatment approaches for children with Down Syndrome (DS), one must first, look at “normal” development, and then explore how and why the DS population differs. When considering language acquisition we encounter historic problems that are not dissimilar from those of any of our special needs populations. The primary problem … Read More

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