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“Your Father Said” – Process Fathering

Robert J. Doman Jr. Minute for minute, the single strongest influence on a child’s development is that of his or her father. Whether that influence be positive or negative, constructive or destructive, helpful or unhelpful, is largely determined by the father’s knowledge, awareness, and true involvement. Through my work with children and families, the status…

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Seizures

Robert J. Doman, M.D. Normal brain activity produces a constant flow of minute electrical waves which flow from every cell of the cortex (gray matter) as well as the cerebellum and the thalamus within the brain. These electrical waves vary in their strength, which when measured on the EEG (electroencephalogram) would represent the height or…

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Neurological Dysorganization and Antisocial Behavior

Robert J. Doman, M.D. The NACD Foundation speaks of persons who ineffectively pass through or miss critical developmental brain levels as being neurologically dysorganized. This simply means they have a brain which is inefficient in its ability to receive, process, store and utilize information. Depending upon which level or levels of the brain that are…

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Learning How You Learn: Auditory & Visual Digit Spans – What Do They Mean?

by Robert J. Doman Jr. HOW TO EVALUATE AUDITORY AND VISUAL SHORT-TERM MEMORY AUDITORY SHORT TERM MEMORY To test the auditory digit span, the parent should slowly (1 digit per second) say number sequences beginning with 2 digits (Example, 4 – 1 sec. Space – 2). Have the child attempt to repeat the sequence. If…

The Causes of Seizures

Robert J. Doman, M.D. There are many causes of seizures. Listed below are some of the common causes. Organic Brain Injury: This includes birth trauma, blood incompatibilities, premature separation of the placenta, oxygen deprivation from delayed or obstructed breathing or the umbilical cord wrapped around the child’s neck, tuberous sclerosis, vascular accidents and malformations, trauma…

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Trauma

Robert J. Doman, M.D. Head trauma or injury is the leading cause of death of persons between the ages of one and forty-four. The leading causes of head injuries include vehicle accidents, industrial accidents, assaults, sports injuries, falls, gun shot wounds, etc. Head injuries may be divided into closed injuries in which the brain is…