What Parents Need to Know About the Side Effects of ADHD Drugs
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by Nick Smith This report outlines common side effects of drugs prescribed for ADHD, many of which are extremely serious even if they are considered “rare.” If parents do not tolerate a child running across a neighborhood street without looking for cars because there is a “rare” chance they will be hit, then why should they be okay with taking … Read More

Getting Program Done
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by Vidya Guhan, NACD Developmentalist and Coach As a coach, this tends to be the number one concern that I address with parents. As a parent, I always come home from an evaluation feeling good, feeling like I have a plan and can make some real progress. Then I receive my program, and I feel even better– someone has put … Read More

The Driving Force – Shauya
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by Prachi Sinha You may have read earlier about Shauya Mehotra and his art in our newsletter. The latest feat for Shaurya is that he is driving a car! He may have Down syndrome, but he doesn’t let it stand in his way. From the clutch and the accelerator to the steering wheel, he is working the whole shebang. As … Read More

Studies on Working Memory
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by Ellen R. Doman M.A. Baddeley’s model of working memory was published in 1974 (Baddeley, Hitch 1974) and continues to be used by professionals today. Prior to their work, the only part of thinking that had been clearly defined was the short term memory (Atkininson, Shiffrin 1971). According to Baddeley and Hitch (1974), the working memory was responsible for processing … Read More

Magic Pills, Magic Bullets and the Latest New Thing
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by Ellen Doman Have you heard about the latest supplement that fixes autism? Have you heard about this reading program that fixes dyslexia? There is this new exercise that immediately reorganizes the brain! Every day there are new fixes out there. With our internet access we are bombarded with new information and the latest immediate solutions. While we all wish … Read More

Does School Remediation Result in Success?
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by Ellen Doman I wrote a paper on this topic some decades ago for a graduate school paper. I entitled it, “Does Remediation Mean Failure?” and based it on quite a few definitive studies. Needless to say, those studies are long outdated and the paper, which was not very popular with my fellow educators, is no longer current. Sadly, though, … Read More

Comparison Study Measuring Working Memory as Measured by Auditory Reverse Digit Spans and Classic Mode of the Simply Smarter-Memory App
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by Robert J. Doman, Jr. and W. Bruce Haslam, Ph.D. Working memory is generally defined as the ability to remember and use several pieces of information to make decisions or solve problems. Even listening to a sentence requires remembering several words until the meaning of the sentence is determined. Forward Auditory Digit Span refers to how many numbers can be … Read More

Working With Your Doctor
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by Steve Riggs, BS, RRT-NPS The very best way to work with your doctor is to educate yourself so that you can ask informed questions. Doctors are usually more at ease answering a question if they feel like the person asking the question has already done some of their homework. This way it is more of a discussion, and your … Read More

Sleeping and Breathing Problems
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by Steve Riggs, BS, RRT-NPS Sleep is so important to our health, healing, and learning processes. It affects the way we feel during the day and most aspects of how we function. Our sleep can be compromised or interrupted for a number of reasons. One of the big factors contributing to sleep problems is related to breathing. Breathing problems at … Read More

Oxygen: Why Use a Pulse Oximeter?
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by Steve Riggs, BS, RRT-NPS Buy Concord Finger Pulse Oximeter The use of pulse oximeters has been growing throughout acute healthcare for years but has been slow to catch on in home health and long term care. It has been even slower to catch on for the use of monitoring oxygen trends in the general and special needs populations. NACD … Read More

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