California- They’re Not Dreamin, They’re Doing! Getting Serious About Processing and Working Memory
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by Robert J. Doman Jr. I recently returned from our Chapter in Southern California with renewed faith that our families there are really “getting” the importance of working memory/sequential processing. More importantly, they understand that they can really change it—dramatically! But before I tell you their specific stories, let’s look at the key they discovered to success—success at processing, at … Read More

NACD KIDS: From Smart to Brilliant
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– by Elisse Davis Last fall, I decided to finally enlist the help of NACD in my homeschool efforts.  My friend had been telling me about NACD for years, so now that my youngest had turned two, I thought I could make the commitment.  My oldest daughter, Ariel, in 5th grade, is a smart child, usually self-motivated, and happily compliant.   … 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

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

Language Acquisition in Children with Down Syndrome: The significance of auditory function and the developmental costs of teaching signing or “Total Communication”
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by Robert J. Doman Jr.   In order to determine appropriate treatment approaches for children with Down Syndrome (DS), one must first, look at “normal” development, and then explore how and why the DS population differs. When considering language acquisition we encounter historic problems that are not dissimilar from those of any of our special needs populations. The primary problem … Read More

Minimal Brain Dysfunction: “Philip”
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Philip could not speak to be understood until he was four years old. At that point there were only a few words that someone besides myself and his Daddy could understand. We were very concerned. He couldn’t stand noise and began making dull repetitive noises when confusion surrounded him. Lots of pieces to Philip’s puzzle were not on the table. … Read More

Profound Hearing Loss: “Luke”
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Luke was diagnosed as hearing impaired at the age of 11 months. At 2 years of age an Auditory Brain Stem Evoked Response (ABR) showed him to have a severe loss in the right ear and a profound loss in the left ear. We went the conventional route with homebound therapy until age 3, then public school early education program. … Read More

Homeschooling: “Ethan”
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It is the desire of every parent for their children to receive the best possible education. We even choose homes that are located in the finest school districts. Educational needs of our children, from infancy on, become paramount. Most families, like us, have not felt the need to investigate alternatives to the traditional school systems in which we grew up. … Read More

Central Auditory Dysfunction: “Travis”
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When Travis was 2 years old, I began to suspect that something was wrong. He wasn’t talking except for a few words û maybe a phrase now and then. I took him to a speech pathologist in the public school system who evaluated him at being 1 year behind in his language development. She called it a “mild delay.” At … Read More

Your ADD/ADHD Child and Homeschooling
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John M. Jaquith, M.Ed. We should let the experts educate our children. Moreover, the experts on any individual child should be directly involved in the education of that child. The most credible experts on any individual child are that child’s parents. Learning begins the moment a child’s brain starts receiving stimulation and doesn’t end until it stops receiving stimulation. Because … Read More

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