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Editor's note: This article is part of KSL's App of the Week, which features a different app with Utah ties each Friday. Send tips for future articles to firstname.lastname@example.org. SALT LAKE CITY — The Ogden-based National Association for Child Development (NACD) has been helping tens of thousands of kids with learning for decades.
The organization creates custom-tailored developmental programs to help children with autism, Down syndrome, ADD and also children who are typical and gifted. The program starts with a complete evaluation of your child and comes with a coach to help you and your child on a daily basis.
"The program includes speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy and an educational program," said Bob Doman, founder and director of the NACD. "We think that it's important and necessary to work with the entire child and not just have a variety of people working with pieces of the child."
To supplement its online program, the NACD has created a variety of tools, including several mobile apps. Two of its newest apps are part of a series that focus on a child's cognition and doesn't require a family to be signed up for the online program.
"At the top of the list of what determines how any child learns, how successful they are in school, is how well they process information, short-term and working memory," said Bob Doman. "It's an app that any parent can use with their child to build and accelerate this development."
The apps feature mini-games that involve animals, musical instruments, numbers, letters and colors. The apps also allow parents to track a child's progress through six levels of difficulty.
"They are more like games. The kids really enjoy them and get a lot of benefit out of them," said Laird Doman, COO and family liaison at NACD. "They are really intuitive and easy to use so a child can play with them on their own without a parent being present."
The Cognition Coach apps start with toddlers and go up to 5-year-olds and are only available on the iPad for $4.99 each. The organization plans on releasing more cognition apps for other ages all the way up to adults.
"The difference in the kids who succeed and fail is a reflection of how well they can actually process the information," said Bob Doman. "We can dramatically change how well children do academically, intellectually and in life building this foundation that permits them to learn and think."