Science Corner Vol. 1: Cracking the Code Behind the Cognitive Development Challenges of Down syndrome
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Have you ever wondered what it is exactly about the extra chromosome 21 that makes cognitive development in children with Down syndrome so challenging? Just this March researchers at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute published research that may have cracked the code on this one. The researchers have found that a protein called sorting nexin 27, or just SNX27, is … Read More

A Declaration for Independence
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by Bob Doman We generally think of independence as being free of outside control. With children, and from a developmental perspective, I see it not so much as being free of outside control as gaining self-determination, autonomy, and initiative. To discover that you can affect and change what is happening and to perceive, learn, and develop initiative are very important … Read More

Perspectives and Remediation for Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder
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by Bob Doman Understanding and remediating the neurodevelopmental issues of those within the autism spectrum is critical if we are going to provide these children and adults with an opportunity to overcome their issues and to function at higher, “normal,” or even “superior” levels. It is important to understand that most neurodevelopmental issues will not simply go away. Merely teaching … Read More

The Importance of Consistency
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by Sara Erling, NACD After being gone several weeks this summer, I had not maintained my normal fitness routine. You see, I am one of those crazy people who likes to run marathons and work out at 5 a.m. I also like food. I figure the more I work out, the less restrictive I have to be with what food … Read More

The Home and the School: Conflict or Complement?
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. Summer is over at last. The kids are back in school and you are getting settled into the new routine. Don’t get settled too fast, because now is the time to reorganize, get your act together and to do it right! By the time this article reaches your homes, you have probably already started the … Read More

How to Do Program Over the Holidays: What Your Evaluator Wants You to Know
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by Ellen Doman I think that I speak for all of the evaluators when I say that we want you to enjoy the holidays with your children and family. In order to really have a nice time without worrying about all of the things you are not getting done on program, there are a few things that you need to … Read More

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say Part 1 – Communication
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by Bob Doman I just finished a novel, Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers, a very well written, powerful book about the experience of a solder participating in the war in Iraq. On the next to last page of the book there was a sentence that jumped out at me. The author, in reference to something that had been very significant … Read More

Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say Part 2 – Education/Behavior
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by Bob Doman Most child management/behavior problems are credibility problems, a problem with the parent’s and/or the teacher’s credibility. If you don’t say what you mean and mean what you say, your child learns simply not to believe you. “If you do this again, I’m gonna….” The credibility problem more often than not begins when our children are toddlers because … Read More

Tymps, Tymps, Tymps
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by Lori Riggs, MA, CCC/SLP Are you tired hearing us talk about tympanograms yet? We’re not tired of talking about them or recommending that you get them yet. Obviously we’re not afraid to admit that we’re pretty opinionated on the subject of how significantly middle ear fluid can affect a child’s development. For years there has been conflicting information by … Read More

Fun With Words: English is Easy
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by Gloria Lindsay The following was forwarded to us from Gloria Lindsay, long time NACD mom and supporter. The original author is unknown. For those of you who are feeling impatient about your child’s language development, this will make you stop and think about what a daunting task it really is to master our language! English is one of the … Read More

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