The Learning Problems and Attention Deficits
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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. A … 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

Food Sensitivities: The Hidden Problems
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Robert J. Doman, MD. Parents today are often concerned about possible allergies in their children, but they are relatively unfamiliar with possible food sensitivities and their complications. Check the following list. If three or more apply to your child, food sensitivity may be a problem: Sometimes congested History of ear infections Behavior; frequent ups and downs Poor attention span at … 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

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

Coma: A State of Profound Unconsciousness
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Robert J. Doman, M.D. Might it be possible to arouse a person from deep coma? The Medical World has historically answered with a loud “NO” to that question. During a lecture on Neurological Disorders, a student nurse asked me a question which sparked a small ray of hope in my mind. Perhaps it might be possible to bring a person … Read More

Sensory Stimulation
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Robert J. Doman Jr. The level of function achieved by an individual is a reflection of the stimulation and opportunities afforded the individual by his environment. Injury to the brain disrupts the brain’s ability to receive, process, store, and utilize information, leading to neurological dysorganization. Our ability to stimulate a dysorganized child is reflected in the child’s growth and development, … Read More

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