The Autistic Child

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by Robert J. Doman Jr. Children labeled as “autistic” have been enigmas since they were first identified. Fortunately, some questions surrounding these children are being answered. Many “autistic” children (children with sensory dysfunction) are now being helped, and some are achieving “normal” function. As a result of NACD’s work with “autistic” children, we have also gained a better understanding of … Read More

An Impossible Dream?

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By Ann B. Martin, mother of Katherine, UPPED One day at church, a fellow parishioner observed my then 7 year old daughter’s awkward Galt, her flapping hands, and her loud wordless groans. She asked me if I had ever heard of the National Association for Child Development (NACD). This nationwide organization teaches parents how to utilize a multitude of therapies … Read More

Sensory Deprivation

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Robert J. Doman, M.D. Stimulation is vital to our brain’s efficiency. It is the regular and proper stimulation of our brain through our five senses that permits us to be able to function on a relatively steady, even keel most of the time as our brain relates us to what is happening around us. Proper stimulation leads to the proliferation … Read More

Sensory Stimulation

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Robert J. Doman Jr. The level of function achieved by an individual is a reflection of the stimulation and opportunities afforded the individual by his environment. Injury to the brain disrupts the brain’s ability to receive, process, store, and utilize information, leading to neurological dysorganization. Our ability to stimulate a dysorganized child is reflected in the child’s growth and development, … Read More

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