The Learning Environment
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Robert J. Doman Jr. The most important factor in how much and how well children learn is the learning environment itself. If a child’s learning environment does not instill a self-perception of success, it can inadvertently discourage his or her development. Ultimately, how much children learn is a reflection of how much they like to learn. How much they like … Read More

Trauma
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Robert J. Doman, M.D. Head trauma or injury is the leading cause of death of persons between the ages of one and forty-four. The leading causes of head injuries include vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, assaults, sports injuries, falls, gun shot wounds, etc. Head injuries may be divided into closed injuries in which the brain is not exposed and open injuries … Read More

Learning Problems and Attention Deficits
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. “Your child cannot sit still.” “Your child is not progressing in math.” “Your child doesn’t pay attention.” “Your child cannot enunciate sounds properly.” Ever read any of those statements in your child’s school report? Every year more and more children are “identified” as having a “problem” that affects their ability to learn and pay attention. … Read More

Trauma and Recovery
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Robert Silverman When “Dr. Bob” Doman suggested that I write a section for his book, I was a bit puzzled. “Write something about attitude,” Dr. Bob suggested. Now that word didn’t seem adequate but we failed to come up with a better one. Yet it is really attitude that has driven me to do this rigorous neurological program for nearly … Read More

Sensory Deprivation
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Robert J. Doman, M.D. Stimulation is vital to our brain’s efficiency. It is the regular and proper stimulation of our brain through our five senses that permits us to be able to function on a relatively steady, even keel most of the time as our brain relates us to what is happening around us. Proper stimulation leads to the proliferation … Read More

The Importance of Visual Pursuits and Convergence
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Robert J. Doman, M.D. Visual Pursuits refers to the coordination of eye movement as eyes move while reading or following an object. Each eye is controlled by three sets of two muscles that work by one muscle opposing the pull of its antagonist muscle. They include: 1) the superior rectus muscle (which pulls the eye up) opposing 2) the inferior … Read More

Dad keeps Pledge: Girl Walks
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Reprinted with permission from the St. Louis Post Dispatch Last winter, little Stephanie Bridgeman stood helplessly by as her father built a snowman for her. But Clyde Bridgeman turned to his crippled daughter and said “I promise that I’m going to help you B and next year, you will build a snowman.” He then guided Stephanie, now 5 years old, … Read More

TRICIA GARRETT – A VERY SPECIAL GIFT
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by Susan Garrett Tricia is a petite eight year old girl who is sure that everyone is her friend. She has Williams Syndrome, but she has no idea that she is any different from anyone in her first grade class. Symptoms of Williams Syndrome include a mild cardiac problem, poor muscle development, a small stature, and pixyish features. With the … Read More

Child Management
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Robert J. Doman Jr. Children often don’t behave as parents would like. Most parents suspect that if they reacted differently toward their children, their behavior would improve, but parents don’t know where to start. The first step is to identify the factors causing the problems. There are three major causes of behavior problems to watch for and eliminate: A negative … Read More

Dominance and Emotionality
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Robert J. Doman, Jr. The final stage in developing neurological organization-neurological efficiency is the establishment of cortical hemispheric dominance. Cortical hemisphere dominance refers to the establishment of a controlling hemisphere of the brain, separation of, or specialization of neurological function. This separation of function is possible when dominance has been achieved. Dominance, that factor which permits cortical specialization, exists at … Read More

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