The Role of Short-Term Memory in Academic Achievement
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by John M. Jaquith, M. Ed. Click here to read the study (PDF) Abstract In order to see the effects of short-term memory on standardized achievement scores, this study compared the auditory and visual digit spans of 546 students (from a private school located in the Southeastern part of the United States) to their scores on the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT). … Read More

Attention Deficit Disorder: “Sunny”
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  You are my sunshine My only sunshine You make my happy When skies are gray You’ll never know dear How much I love you. Please don’t take My sunshine away How many nights I sang that song to a croupy, wheezing, fussy Sunny. Her arms would fly out, her feet would push off. “Sunny, Sunny, shh, baby.” Colds, allergies, … Read More

Attention Deficit Disorder: “Brian”
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“Saying that you can cure dyslexia is like saying that you can cure blue eyes. You either have it or you don’t,” said a recent college graduate with a degree in learning disabilities. My son Brian is living proof that, through God’s grace and the help of NACD, this is not true. As a preschooler, Brian was a happy, busy, … Read More

Brain Change: Simple Interventions to Dramatically Improve Student Functioning
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by Carol Estrada Bruce Haslam, PhD, Director of Research for The NACD Foundation, along with Tamara Knapp-Grosz, PhD, Director of Counseling and Support Services at Savannah College of Art & Design, presented “Brain Change: Simple Interventions to Dramatically Improve Student Functioning” at the 45th Southeast Conference of College Counseling Center Personnel held on November 5-7th in Chattanooga, TN. The presentation … Read More

Learning Disabilities: Isaac Petrucka
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by Christi Petrucka Isaac had been struggling with reading and expressing himself for so long, that by the time I heard about the NACD in May 2012, when he was 16, I knew that I was quickly running out of time to help him. It’s not that I hadn’t done anything up to this point. His difficulties were obvious early … Read More

Studies on Working Memory
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by Ellen R. Doman M.A. Baddeley’s model of working memory was published in 1974 (Baddeley, Hitch 1974) and continues to be used by professionals today. Prior to their work, the only part of thinking that had been clearly defined was the short term memory (Atkininson, Shiffrin 1971). According to Baddeley and Hitch (1974), the working memory was responsible for processing … Read More

A Brag on Miss Stephany
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By Sara Erling Stephany is a beautiful and talented dancer who is 13 and from a rural area in Montana.  She started with NACD in April of 2009.  She had a rough start to her life, being diagnosed with Toxoplasmosis, and it was only after heavy supplementation that she recovered.  Due to this slow start, she was behind developmentally and … Read More

NACD Kids: Mary Beth
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By Monique Cunningham My daughter Mary Beth had been diagnosed by the first grade with several labels – ADHD, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and auditory processing. Our small private school had a program called Discovery Lab where children with learning disabilities were helped on a one-on-one basis. They used a multi-sensory approach to teach our kids. Knowing no other alternative, we enrolled … Read More

Learning and Attention Issues – Exploring What Works – DVD
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Everyone who has who knows someone who has a child with a learning or attention problem needs to see this DVD. The DVD explains the pieces of the puzzle and how to address the issues relative to those with Learning and Attention issues – Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, ADD & ADHD. It contains a two-hour DVD seminar presented by Robert J Doman, Jr. To read … Read More

The NACD Perspective: Why We Do What We Do
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Abstract: What makes NACD uniquely qualified to help individuals succeed and how can parents actively participate? NACD was established in 1979. We’re an international organization with many chapters and regions around the United States as well as our international chapters. We work with a full range of individuals—from those in a coma to those who are gifted and talented and anything in between. … Read More

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