Robert J. Doman Jr.

Founder and Director

Founder of the National Association for Child Development and Chairman, Board of Directors

Bob Doman is the Director and Chairman of the Board of The NACD Foundation, which he founded in 1979. He is also the President of the National Association for Child Development, created in 1985. The Association operates eighteen chapters throughout the United States and India. Bob and his staff have designed and supervised over fifteen million hours of individual developmental and educational intervention programs for children and adults.

Bob is an innovator in neurological, perceptual, and educational interventions and has created not only hundreds of specific techniques and methodologies, but has developed an entirely new paradigm for education and maximizing human potential.

By the early 70’s, while still in his twenties, Bob had designed and directed a number of state and federal programs and had served in many capacities, including:

  • Director of the Visual Motor Testing and Training Center
  • Clinical Director of United Cerebral Palsy – Delaware County, PA.
  • Educational Director of the Delacato-Doman Autistic Unit
  • Educational Director of the Center for Neurological Rehabilitation
  • Director of the Doman Developmental Academies

And designed neurodevelopmental programs for:

  • The TIKVA organization in Israel
  • The APATHE organization in Spain and Canary Islands

By the time Bob founded NACD in 1979, he had worked side-by-side with some of the greatest innovators in related fields.

Thirty years of hands-on treatment have made the NACD approach to neurological development an enormous success. In recent years NACD has initiated its Simply Smarter Project, an international campaign to increase critical sequential processing skills, helping to unlock the potential of children and adults around the world.

Today Bob is a leading innovator in neurodevelopment and an unwavering champion of the innate potential within every human being. He continues to serve individual clients and their families, as well as to promote the benefits of the neurodevelopmental approach to educators and public leaders in the United States and around the world.

Training and Certification

1974
Studies in Behavior Modification – Teaching Research, Monmouth, Oregon

1971-1975
Studies in Developmental Vision, Michael Markow, O.D. – Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania

1971-1972
Studies in Clinical Psychology as applied to the treatment of brain-injured children, Rose Elfman, Ph.D. – Wellingford, Pennsylvania

1971
Certification in Hypnosis and Relaxology, Institute of Relaxation – Blackwood, New
Jersey

1970
Teaching Certificate, Pennsylvania Department of Education

1970-1971
Graduate Studies in Educational Psychology, Temple University – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1969
B.A. Degree in Psychology, University of Dubuque – Dubuque, Iowa

1965-1977
Training in Child Development and Rehabilitation, Robert J. Doman, M.D.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Positions and Clinical Experience

1985-Present
Founder and President – National Association for Child Development, Inc.. National Office – Ogden, Utah, Eastern Regional Office, Dallas Regional Office, International chapter in India, and 17 chapters throughout the United States.

1979–Present
Founder and Chairman of the Board – The NACD Foundation, a not for profit corporation.

1979-1999
Founder – NACD Children’s Academy Private School, Mountain Lakes, NJ

1979-1980
Director – Associacion Nacional Para El Desarrollo De Nino, Barcelona, Spain

1979-1980
Program Director – New Jersey Organization for Child Development, Mountain Lakes, NJ

1979-1980
Program Director – Help for Brain Injured Children, La Habra, CA

1977-1978
Evaluator and Programmer – Developmental Christian Schools of Delaware, Wilmington, DE

1976-1980
Director – Doman Developmental Academy
(5 preschools for developmentally delayed, normal & accelerated children)
Paoli, PA

1976-1978
Director – Morton Center (Parent training center), Morton, PA

1976-1977
Director – Montgomery County Pennsylvania Department of Mental Health
Mental retardation funded program for preschool education of retarded children

1975-1978
Evaluator and Programmer – Help for Brain Injured Children, La Habra, CA

1975-1977
Evaluator and Programmer – Delacato-Doman Autistic Unit, Morton, PA

1975-1977
Evaluator and Programmer – APALCE, Barcelona, Spain & Canary Islands, Spain

1975-1977
Educational Director – Centre for Neurological Rehabilitation, Morton, PA

1975-1976
Evaluator and Programmer – TIKVA, Haifa, Israel

1975-1977
Educational Director – Institute for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured, Morton, PA

1974-1975
Director – Delaware County Mental Health-Mental Retardation
Funded program for preschool education of mentally retarded

1974-1975
Program Director – Federal Title I Grant
Demonstration program for preschool multi-handicapped children

1973-1974
Program Director – Developmental Disabilities Federal Grant
Early identification and treatment program for children with developmental disabilities

1971-1975
Consulting Lecturer and Instructor in Child Development – Weidner College, Chester, PA

1971-1975
Consulting Lecturer and Instructor in Child Development – Pennsylvania State University, Lima, PA

1971-1975
Consulting Lecturer and Instructor in Child Development – Delaware County
Community College, Newton Square, PA

1971–1975
Clinical Director – George Crothers Memorial School, Wallingford, PA

1971–1975
Clinical Director – United Cerebral Palsy Center of Delaware County, Boothwyn, PA

1970–1974
Director – Visual-Motor Testing and Training Center, Drexel Hill, PA

1968–1971
Special Education Instructor – George Crothers Memorial School, Wallingford, PA

Associations

2006-present
Member – International Mind, Brain and Education Society

2005–present
Member – Education Industry Association

2005-present
Member – Society for Research in Child Development

1978-1980
Consultant – Children’s Center for Therapeutic Activities: San Francisco, CA

1978-1980
Consultant – EINIU: Barcelona, Spain

1977-1980
Consultant – Spitz Clinic: Morton, PA

1977-1980
Consultant – Centre for Neurological Rehabilitation

1976-1980
Consultant – Developmental Christian Schools of Delaware

1976-1980
Consultant – Philadelphia Public Schools

1974-1980
Consultant – Institute of Relaxation: Blackwood, NJ

1974-1976
Chairman – Committee for Programs for Special Education Students, Delaware County Vocational-Technological Schools: Folsom, Lima and Newton Square, PA

1973-1974
Member of the Federal Government Regional Comprehensive Health Planning Commission

Publications

Audio Productions

“Guide to Child Development and Education–Miracles of Child Development”
“Guide to Learning Disabilities”
“Guide to Child Management”
“Guide to The Parent Teacher”

DVD Seminars 

“Autism Spectrum”
“Learning & Attention Issues”

Published Articles

“Sensory Stimulation”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1980, Volume 1, No. 1

“Cerebral Palsy”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1980, Volume 1, No. 2

“Dominance and Emotionality”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1982, Volume 2, No. 2

“Child Management”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1983, Volume 3, No. 1

“Establishing A Positive Environment Through Data Collection”, Journal of the National Academy for Child Development 1983, Volume 3, No. 2

“Learning Problems and Attention Deficits”, Journal of the NACD Foundation,1984, Volume 4, No. 6

“The Network”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1986, Volume 6, No. 1

“The Learning Disabled Child”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1986, Volume 6, No. 8

“The Learning Environment”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1986, Volume 6, No. 10

“The Autistic Child”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1986, Volume 6, No. 11

“Your Father Said – Process Fathering”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1986, Volume 6, No. 12

“Learning How Your Learn – Auditory and Visual Digit spans – What Do They Mean?”  Journal of the National Academy for Child Development, 1986, Volume 6, No. 13.

“Learning Disabilities and Organization”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1987, Volume 7, No. 1

“The Home and the School: Conflict or Complement?” Journal of the National Academy for Child Development, 1987, Volume 7, No. 2

Forward- Bittersweet Baby by Jolie Kanat, 1987

“In My Travels”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1990, Volume 8, No. 1

“Samonas Sound Therapy”, co-authored with Alexander Doman, Journal of the National Academy for Child Development, 1996, Volume 10, No. 4

“Philosophy and Rationale”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1996, Volume 10, No. 5

“Special Needs Children, Parents Are The Experts!” NATHHAN NEWS, Summer 1996, Volume 4, Issue 4 and Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1996, Volume 10, No. 6

“The Role of Phytochemicals in Optimal Health”, co-authored with Alexander Doman and Robert E. Morrow, M.D., Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1997, Volume 11, No. 1

“Down Syndrome – Perspectives”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 1999, Volume 12, No. 2

“Language Acquisition in Children with Down Syndrome – the significance of auditory function and the contraindication of signing or “Total Communication”, Journal of the National Academy for Child Development, 1999, Volume 12, No. 3

“A Down Syndrome – Perspectives – A message to parents of Down Syndrome Children”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2000, Volume 13, No. 1

“The Autism Spectrum”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2004, Volume 17, No. 1. Adapted from telephone seminar “The Autism Spectrum”, March 27, 2004.

“Parenting 101:  A Child’s Education Begins with Educating the Parents”, The Ogden Valley News, 2006, Volume XIV, Issue IV

“Parenting 101:  Being Specific – Parent Power”, The Ogden Valley News, 2006, Volume XIV, Issue VI

“Parenting 101:  The Love of Learning”, The Ogden Valley News, 2007, Volume XIV, Issue VIII

“Parenting 101:  Questions for Bob Doman”, The Ogden Valley News, 2007, Volume XIV, Issue IX

“Parenting 101:  Questions and Answers”, The Ogden Valley News, 2007, Volume XIV, Issue X

“Parenting 101:  The Development of Memory and Thought”, The Ogden Valley News, 2007, Volume XIV, Issue XII

“Parenting 101:  Processing, Behavior, and Maturity”, The Ogden Valley News, 2007, Volume XIV, Issue XIII

“The Selective Use of TV and Videos for Education and Therapy – Advancing the Development of special Needs, Typical and Accelerated Preschool Children”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2007 Volume 20, No. 1

“BPM – Behavior Pattern Management “, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2007, Volume 20, No. 2

“Study Helps Confirm NACD’s Developmental Perspectives on ADD and ADHD”, Journal of the National Academy for Child Development, 2008, Volume 21, No. 1

“California – They’re Not Dreamin’, They’re Doing! – Getting serious About Processing and Working Memory”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2008, Volume 21, No. 9

“Estimation: How to Accelerate the Learning Process with Math and Build Visualization and Conceptual Skills Simultaneously”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2009, Volume 22, No.3

“Neurodevelopmental Perspectives on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome”, Journal of the National Academy for Child Development, 2009, Volume 22, No. 10.

“Down Syndrome: The Importance of Crawling on the Stomach”, co-authored with Ellen Doman, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2009 Volume 22, No. 12

“It’s About Time”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2011, Volume 24, No. 3

“Let’s Do It Better – the NACD Daily Planners and New Coaching Guidelines”, Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2011, Volume 24, No. 6

”The Effect of the Simply Smarter Program on Short-Term Memory, Working Memory, and Academic Competency for Elementary Students”, co-authored W. Bruce Haslam, Ph.D., Journal of The NACD Foundation, 2012, Volume 25, No. 7

“Comparison Study Measuring Working Memory as Measured by Auditory Reverse Digit Spans and Classic Mode of the Simply Smarter-Memory App”, co-authored W. Bruce Haslam, Ph.D. Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2012, Volume 25, No. 8

“Emus in the Snow – On Becoming Highly Capable.” It Appears That… Blog, 1 Jan. 2013

Here Comes Super Bowl XLVII – CTE Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.” It Appears That… Blog, 27 Jan. 2013

“Raising Expectations.” It Appears That… Blog, 27 Jan. 2013

“Politicians and Educators: Wake Up and Stop Screwing Up Our Kids.” It Appears That… Blog, 8 Feb. 2013

“No.” It Appears That… Blog, 28 Feb. 2013

“Living the Dream.” It Appears That… Blog, 4 Mar. 2013

“Learning Isn’t Tough.” It Appears That… Blog, 7 March 2013

“The Right Tool For the Job.” It Appears That… Blog, 14 Mar. 2013

“Dateline 2025: ADHD.” It Appears That… Blog, Apr. 2013

“Issues That Can Lead to a “Diagnosis” of ADD or ADHD.” It Appears That… Blog, 1 Apr. 2013

“Parental Lesson #1: Talk to Your Children.” It Appears That… Blog, 5 Apr. 2013

“Don’t Get Lost in the Pieces.” It Appears That… Blog, 8 May 2013

“Today is Friday, This Must be London or Classrooms, Processing, and Narrow Competition.” It Appears That… Blog, 10 May 2013

“Ex Libris.” It Appears That… Blog, 14 May 2013

“May 15, 2013 – International Day of Families.” It Appears That… Blog, 15 May 2013

“Is Anyone Listening? Sensory/Motor Treatment for Autism.” It Appears That… Blog, 4 June 2013

“Gearing Up for the New Beginning.” It Appears That… Blog, 25 June 2013

“Another Peek at Potential.” It Appears That… Blog, 7 Nov. 2013

“Stuck in a Rut.” It Appears That… Blog, 4 Apr. 2014

“He’s My Best Friend’s Boy.” It Appears That… Blog, 8 Apr. 2014

“What Cannot Be Understood or Solved Gets Labeled.” It Appears That… Blog, 22 Apr. 2014

“What Develops Changes and That Which Changes Can Be Developed.” It Appears That… Blog, 27 Apr. 2014

“At Least We Know How to Stand in Line.” It Appears That… Blog, 27 May 2014

“There is Some Hope for the World.” It Appears That… Blog, 30 July 2014

“’Read Slowly and Change Your Brain.’” It Appears That… Blog, 16 Sept. 2014

“Good Morning, World!” It Appears That… Blog, 4 Nov. 2014

“Eye Contact.” It Appears That… Blog, 19 Nov. 2014

“No More One Liners.” It Appears That… Blog, 12 Dec. 2014

“A New Year.” It Appears That… Blog, 30 Dec. 2014

“All Our Mothers Need to Be 10’s (and Our Dads Too!)”, Journal of The NACD Foundation, 2014, Volume 27 No. 2

“Hello, This is Your Captain Speaking,” Journal of The NACD Foundation, 2014, Volume 27 No. 3

“Tornadoes: Thoughts on the Brain and Child-Centered Learning,” Journal of The NACD Foundation, 2014, Volume 27 No. 4

“Beyond “Therapy”: Thoughts on factors influencing gross and fine motor development, with ramifications affecting cognitive function and language in developmentally challenged children”, Journal of The NACD Foundation, 2014, Volume 27, No. 5

“Dream It and Do It.” It Appears That… Blog, 20 Jan. 2015

“A Triumvirate of Diminutive Swine” aka “The Three Little Pigs.’” It Appears That… Blog, 27 July 2015

“Educating for Excellence – Cougars in the Backyard.” It Appears That… Blog, 17 Aug. 2015

“Hurray for Preschool! Or not.” It Appears That… Blog, 21 Aug. 2015

“Making Kids Smart Isn’t Tough.” It Appears That… Blog, 1 Oct. 2015

“Teaching Chores Better Than Teaching Algebra?” It Appears That… Blog, 5 Nov. 2015

“The Road to Independence Starts with Short Journeys.” It Appears That… Blog 12 Nov. 2015

“Short-Term Memory, Working Memory, Long-Term Memory and Norfolk Pines,” Journal of The NACD Foundation, 2015, Volume 28 No. 1

“Mila and Avery” It Appears That… Blog, 29 Jan. 2016

“Amy.” It Appears That… Blog, 15 Feb. 2016

“Note From Aliya.” It Appears That… Blog, 9 Mar. 2016

“Wheat and Gluten: Bad and Getting Worse.” It Appears That… Blog, 15 Apr. 2016

“Facundo.” It Appears That… Blog, 3 May 2016

“Diverse Range of Variables.” It Appears That… Blog, 5 May 2016

“Mother’s Day.” It Appears That… Blog, 9 May 2016

“Interview with M. Night Shyamalan.” It Appears That… Blog, 4 June 2016

“The Foundation of Education—Scissors?” It Appears That… Blog, 1 July 2016

“Down the Rabbit Hole.” It Appears That… Blog, 26 July 2016

“Dad Power!” It Appears That… Blog, 4 Aug. 2016

“Intention.” It Appears That… Blog 6 Aug. 2016

“A New Beginning – Arielle Doman.” It Appears That… Blog, 17 Aug. 2016

“One Man’s Bat is Another Man’s Tornado.” It Appears That… Blog, 22 Aug. 2016

“’It Appears That”—I’m in Rather Good Company.” It Appears That… Blog, 13 Sept. 2016

“You Said What? (Are you talking to yourself?).” It Appears That… Blog, 17 Sept. 2015

“Fletch Rocks!” It Appears That… Blog, 22 Sept. 2016

“Two A’s and a B and Lots of Smiles.” It Appears That… Blog, 26 Sept. 2016

“Plan C.” It Appears That… Blog, 4 Oct. 2016

“’I used to look at a page and see words. Now I see worlds.’” It Appears That… Blog, 29 Oct. 2016

“What Do Behavior Development, Social Skills and Maturity All Have in Common?” It Appears That…Blog, 1 Nov. 2016

“He Has Down Syndrome B’Gosh.” It Appears That… Blog, 15 Dec. 2016

“A Declaration for Independence,” Journal of The NACD Foundation, 2016

“Discussion of the Relevant Perception, Structure, and Application of NACD’s Model of Working Memory and Cognition,” Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2016

“Perspectives and Remediation for Those with Autism Spectrum Disorder,” Journal of the NACD Foundation, 2016

Recent Presentations

Keynote Speaker, 2nd international Congress of Developmental Psychology, Autonomous University of Aguascalientes, Center for Social Science and Humanities and the Department of Psychology, October 2008.

Keynote Speaker, WAETAG Conference 2006, “Safe Harbors for the Highly Capable Child”, October 2006.

Numerous international presentations, training’s and keynote addresses.

Other Acheivements 

  • Creator of 100’s of specific developmental and educational techniques and programs including:
    • Creator “Modular math”, a proven approach to early math education.
    • Creator of “Bits of Information” – rapid presentation model for inputing specific information.
    • Creator “The Simply Smarter Project”, an initiative of the non-profit NACD to measure and evaluate sequential processing skills of children and adults from around the world.
    • Creator of “Brain Builder”, a software tool to improve sequential processing and short term memory.
    • Creator of “Simply Smarter”, a software tool to improve short term memory, working memory, visualization and conceptualization.
    • Co-creator “The Listening Program”, a developmental auditory training tool.
    • Creator of “DBL Reading Program”, a developmentally based learning program.
    • Co-creator of “BPM – Behavior Pattern Management”, a patent pending template for the modification and development of new patterns of behavior with applications in a broad range of training, educational and compliance environments.
    • Co-creator of “TSI – Targeted Sound Intervention”, a program which addresses listening related concerns.
    • Creator of “System and Method for Creating Visceral Situational Awareness”, a patent pending invention which relates to systems and methods for creating and improving a user’s situational awareness and responsiveness to a particular environment. It relates to system and methods for developing behaviorally specific visceral situational awareness of a particular environment.
    • Co-creator of “Therapeutic Music”, a patent pending invention, which relates to systems and methods for improving auditory figure-ground processing.
  • Internationally known lecturer having spoken to over 100,000 parents and professionals.
  • He has appeared on numerous national television shows including the following:
    • Inside Edition, July 2000
    • Essence Awards, July 1999
    • Ordinary, Extraordinary Show, August 1997
    • The Other Side, April 1995
  • Has been featured in newspaper and magazine articles throughout the country.