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Jake by Rachel Schappy

Jake is the youngest of three children. He was first flagged as struggling academically in kindergarten and then again in grade one. Jake struggled with saying the alphabet, sounding out the alphabet, math, staying focused, sitting still and making/keeping friends. At home, he was busy physically with sports, but could not get along with siblings,…

NACD Science Corner Vol. 12 – Brain Function Begins to Decline Over the Age of 24
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NACD Science Corner Vol. 12 – Brain Function Begins to Decline Over the Age of 24

  A study out of Simon Frazer University indicates that cognitive-motor function begins to decline at the age of 24. In this study the researchers analyzed the data derived from 3,305 players, ranging in age from 16 to 44, of a complex computer game called Starcraft 2. According to Joe Thompson, the lead investigator of the…

NACD Science Corner Vol. 11 – Study Links Child Prodigies & Working Memory
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NACD Science Corner Vol. 11 – Study Links Child Prodigies & Working Memory

A 2012 study of child prodigies conducted by Joanne Ruthsatz and Jourdan B. Urbach found that all the children studied tested in the 99th percentile for working memory. Each of the child prodigies tested at what was considered a moderately elevated intelligence and exhibited high scores relative to their attention to detail. But the most…

Discussion of the Relevant Perception, Structure, and Application of NACD’s Model of Working Memory and Cognition
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Discussion of the Relevant Perception, Structure, and Application of NACD’s Model of Working Memory and Cognition

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…

Tornadoes: Thoughts on the Brain and Child-Centered Learning
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Tornadoes: Thoughts on the Brain and Child-Centered Learning

by 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…

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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…