Science Corner Vol. 5 – Anxiety
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Anxiety disorders are supposedly the 
most common mental health issue 
today for adolescents, with one
 national study of more than 10,000 
adolescents finding that about 31%
 qualified for an anxiety disorder at 
least at one point in their lives 
(Merikangas et al., 2010). 
Prescriptions given to children for 
these anxiety disorders are
antidepressants that include selective
 serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) most … Read More

NACD and ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis Therapy)—Very Different Approaches
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We are sometimes asked how NACD differs from the ABA – Applied Behavior Analysis therapy approach to individuals with Autism. In simplistic terms, the two approaches have profound philosophical differences that impact on the specific practices as well as the understanding of what needs to be changed. NACD approaches any individual as a whole person. We seek to understand all … 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

Discussion of the Relevant Perception, Structure, and Application of NACD’s Model of Working Memory and Cognition
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For more than three decades, the National Association for Child Development (NACD) has worked toward a better and more thorough understanding of cognitive function and how neuroplasticity affects that function. The ability of the human brain to change and improve due to neuroplasticity provided the foundation for the development of the NACD approach. NACD has developed a “whole person” perspective … Read More

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

NACD – A Research Based Program
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Research Study by Brigham Young University: The Efficacy of the NACD Program Reprinted by permission of The NACD Foundation, Volume 15 No. 1, 2007 ©NACD Click here to read the study (PDF)

NACD Neuroeducational Model Program
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by Randy Estes Reprinted by permission of The NACD Foundation, Volume 15 No. 2, 2002 ©NACD Click here to read the study (PDF)

Tornadoes: Thoughts on the Brain and Child-Centered Learning
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Bob Doman Understanding the brain and how it works has been the subject of a tremendous amount of study and research. Exploring such research in college really engaged and intrigued me, particularly when I realized that the knowledge that had been gained in neuroscience was not being acknowledged, reflected, or utilized by the educational community. Regrettably, this really hasn’t changed … Read More

Sensory Processing David: Another Success Story
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by Sara Erling I remember talking to David’s mom, Holly, prior to her starting the NACD program. She was familiar with NACD because when she was a girl in the 80s, her mom had helped do program with three children. So when her own son, David, was diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder, anxiety, and right brain-left brain issues, Holly … Read More

AAAHHH SUMMER!!!
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by SARA ERLING It never fails, year after year, while we think –  and our NACD parents think –  that it is going to be a good and productive summer, it ends up being crazy with baseball, soccer, camp, barbecues, and vacations.  Life as we know it gets in the way.  Whether I am talking to a parent on the … Read More

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