TSI: Focused Attention: An Efficacy Study for Adults
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Problems with auditory figure-ground processing—understanding speech in background noise—is a common complaint of adults. The problem appears to increase as we age. As part of its TSI-Targeted Sound Intervention®, NACD created the TSI: Focused Attention program in 2009 to help address figure-ground problems in children. An initial field study (TSI – Focused Attention Field Study Report) and an analysis of … Read More

Research Supporting Why We Do What We Do
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Ellen Doman “Hello, NACD has stressed the importance and development of short-term and working memory since the inception of the organization in 1979. We have also been developing software to work on these critical skills since the early 80s, including the Simply Smarter program and the Simply Smarter Kids app. Research completed in 2011 and 2012 continues to support the … Read More

All Our Mothers Need to Be 10’s (and Our Dads Too!)
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. One of the things I have learned and have had reinforced on an almost daily basis is that raising children is not an easy deal. In fact, for many of us it’s the toughest, most challenging thing we ever do. And we’re not just talking about raising kids with developmental issues. It’s the “typical” ones … Read More

Passionate Learning
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by Lyn Waldeck When I first started training with Bob back in the early to mid 1990s, I was fortunate to be able to sit through hundreds of evaluations with him. Hundreds of times I heard him ask the question, “So Johnny, what do you do for fun?” One evening over a working dinner meeting he went to great lengths … Read More

Brain Change: Simple Interventions to Dramatically Improve Student Functioning
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by Carol Estrada Bruce Haslam, PhD, Director of Research for The NACD Foundation, along with Tamara Knapp-Grosz, PhD, Director of Counseling and Support Services at Savannah College of Art & Design, presented “Brain Change: Simple Interventions to Dramatically Improve Student Functioning” at the 45th Southeast Conference of College Counseling Center Personnel held on November 5-7th in Chattanooga, TN. The presentation … Read More

Confidence Through Chores
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by Lyn Waldeck When I was pregnant with my first-born, I was given the very best piece of advice that I have ever received. Knowing that I was carrying a boy, my mother-in-law sweetly held my hand and said, “Raise him to be a man, not a grown boy.” Such simple words made a significant impact on our future. Today … Read More

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

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