Behavior and Processing
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by Ellen Doman Every week I see children who are not co-operating with processing activities. This may be happening with your child. Sorting out what is going on with that situation is a job that you, your support person and your evaluator will need to address. Let’s take a minute, however, and look at some typical scenarios that may help … Read More

NACD KIDS: NACD Changed My Life
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By Melissa G. I remember a lot of things from before program, but I don’t remember how much having an inefficient brain affected all the things that happened to me. Some kids who have problems learning get to the point where they just say, “I have ADHD (or whatever their problem is called)” the same way they would say, “I … 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: 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 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

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

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