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on March 7, 2018
I bought this book, hoping it would help me out with my son. However I totally went over it as this book prompts you to join the Human Development Institute which is just a scam to lure parents looking for help and take away their time and money.
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on April 18, 2018
excellent advice
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on May 18, 2003
This book provides a good history of how brain-injured children have been treated in the past 50 years and what has been done to improve their chances of recovery. I read this book in order to try to help my brain-injured son who is recovering from meningitis. While this book gives a lot of good insight into how the injuries are treated, it does not give me any information I can personally use for my son. A more appropriate title might be "What Can Be Done For Brain-Injured Children". Dr. Doman's Institutes has a 1 week course for parents with the same title as the book which is a pre-requisite. I would recommend this book to a parent of a brain-injured child, but I would also tell them not to expect an answer to be found here. I will continue my search for help for my son and hope all parents of such children find help as well
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on June 26, 2003
What do you need a book like this for? After all, everyone knows what you do with your "developmentally disabled" child, whether he has Down's Syndrome or Autism or epilepsy: You drug them, take care of them for as long as you live, or as long as you can stand it, then you institutionalize them, where they get more drugs, shock treatment, and some therapeutic abuse from the doctors and orderlies. It's a problem that society has totally handled, yet the Domans and the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential ... insist on pushing "alternate solutions" to something we're all happy with.
And they have the nerve to insist that their techniques work on almost =all= children, and that, really, brain injury is largely a matter of degree. The kid who has trouble reading may have an extremely mild brain injury, as may the kid who has trouble sitting still. And that a perfectly normal kid can become physically, intellectually and socially "superb" through techniques described in the above book and the Institutes other works. Can you imagine responsible doctors and therapists suggesting that kids =don't= need drugs, and lots of them?
Worse still, they actually fix these kids! They've developed techniques for helping blind kids to see, deaf kids to hear, and immobile kids to move. Not only have they brazenly published their results in the Institutes magazine, they invite all others who work with hurt children to submit their results for publication! They even have the audacity to introduce you to these children.
The clincher, though, is their insistence that highly trained professionals shouldn't be raising, educating and rehabilitating our children! They expect =parents= to do that and actually give them the tools to do so! What do they expect the hundreds of thousands of tax-funded professionals to do if =parents= are raising their own children and helping them get well far faster and far better than the experts?
This book recklessly places the health and well-being of a few children over that of a well entrenched, extremely lucrative agglomeration of pharmaceutical companies, mental health professionals and public educators. It cannot be endorsed by any responsible person.
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on February 15, 2004
All right, my satirical review of this book and the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential was not widely appreciated, so I offer this straightforward look at things.
Our family has been doing this program for two years, and we've been able to see its effects on three children: A 12-year-old diagnosed Severely Mentally Retarded with Angelman's syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, etc., a mildly brain-injured six-year-old who has symptoms fitting several forms of dyslexia, and a six-month-old, who actually started the program several months earlier, since it's so easy to do with babies. (Actually, we've seen it work on many children, including those with Down's, but I'll reserve my comments for these three.)
The baby, now 2 1/2, is reading, has an encyclopedic knowledge of birds, primates, U.S. Presidents, and a few other things, and has a way better grasp of geography than most high schoolers (she can point out Madagascar, Sumatra, Borneo and other exotic locales out on a world map). She's physically superb: she can run a mile and climb, well, anything.
The middle child, now 8, has stopped reversing his Ds and Bs, can read and write and =enjoy= reading and writing, and has evolved more drawing and artistic abilities.
The 14-year-old, formerly speechless, now says about 2-3 sentences a day. She used to be on the ketogenic diet to control her seizures, now she's on a normal diet. She used to lurch and stumble as she walked, and now she can run, if only for half a block. I won't discuss her mental achievements here because, frankly, they have to be seen to be believed (cf. Savant Syndrome). And the program didn't make her that way, it "only" allowed us to see and appreciate what was there.
The Institutes have nailed their success rates down to very specific numbers, but out of ten kids, roughly, two won't be materially helped by the program (and their concept of "not materially helped" includes things considered as relatively large gains by every other professional who has ever seen this girl), six will be materially helped, one child will be improved enough in his parents' eyes to graduate from the program, and one will meet the Institutes standards for "superb".
The Institutes publish their results quarterly. They have for 30 years. They've offered, for 30 years, to publish anyone else's results. They actively, aggressively seek others who are successful in their field. They put together money to fund a study to compare their results with those of a local university's. (The university took the money and spent it on remodeling.) It's easy to cast stones, and it's probably comforting to many to believe that "nothing can be done".
Now, let's talk Jell-O. This program is not for everyone. If Jell-O figures prominently into your view of what childhood should be, this program is not for you. Wider: If junk food, junk entertainment, institutionalized education or even "me-time" are your priorities, just keep moving, there's nothing here for you to see. This isn't to say that you or your child won't or can't have these things while on the program, simply that they can't come first.
I'll take it even a step further: If you view a program of dedicated physical and intellectual excellence as a sacrifice, you probably ought to just give this a miss.
The hurt kids have the least slack in life. Every day they're not growing faster than average--every day they're not catching up, that is--they're falling behind. And the social stigma gets worse, too. As a 2-3 year old, my daughter used to love going to the mall. Even though she was different, at that age people commented on her beauty and charm and disregarded (or more likely did not perceive) her injuries. As she's gotten older, people are less and less able to deal with her, and when she recognized that (probably around 7 years old or so), she stopped wanting to do those things. As she recently wrote "People are polite to you in direct proportion to your ability to speak". As a result, the program for hurt kids is the most intense.
Well. Duh.
More to the point, those of us with hurt kids wrestle with guilt, regret, shame, accusatory looks, superstition, moralizing and caveman-grade ignorance, and this program--any program, effective or not--can focus that all in one laser-like beam. If you read this book, and you "get it", you begin to see brain injury on the one hand as a spectrum, something we all have to one degree or another, and on the other, akin to a broken leg or bruised arm. If you don't "get it", you may come away feeling guilty, inadequate or bitter.
There's considerable effort on the part of the Institutes to avoid that; They never ask you do more than you can, or to do something you're not comfortable with. You're the parent. You are the expert on your own child. There are many stories related in this book and others from the Insitutes that detail the contributions of parents.
I'll be honest. I would like to be able to say that, after two years, our oldest was completely well, indistinguishable from "normal" kids except for her towering intellect. But it wouldn't be true. I would guess she has another two years to go. At least. I've watched much younger kids at the institutes make much faster progress with a certain degree of envy. (I wish we hadn't discovered this when she was twelve, rather than when she was two.)
But that's okay. She's measurably better. She's clearly happier. And her siblings have been hugely benefitted as well.
And, for that matter, so have her parents.
I will, in the future, write another review and report honestly on how all the children are.
But as a father who has been told by doctors, therapists and "conventional wisdom" that his child would never crawl, walk, live, stop having seizures, comprehend anything or amount to anything before he ever heard of this book, forgive me if I regard the naysayers with bemusement.
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on May 3, 2000
All of the other positive reviews on this page are 100% correct. The Institutes staff have been teaching parents of brain-injured children how to make those children well for 45 years. They, and the parents they have taught, already know what the rest of the world is just beginning to suspect: brain development is NOT static. It is an ever-changing process which can be stopped (as it is by traumatic head injury), slowed (as it is by mild head injury or lack of oxygen), but most importantly, can be SPEEDED. The brain-injured child's chief enemy is time. Don't waste any more of it -- read this book! At the very least, you will never look at your child in the same way again.
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on July 23, 2001
For all parents, interested in Glenn Doman's techniques on how to increase any child's intelligence, this is the first book to read. Explains how it all begin and gives sample case stories. This is a fun read.
For the most dedicated parents, take the seminars. go to
There is hope. Know a friend how's 6 month old was legally blind and doctor said no hope. 6 months later using techniques in this book and of course taking the seminar she can see and will have no problems. btw, she was reading at 9 months old, but no fair she had volunteers helping her 7 days a week 12 hours a day. Masking, Patterning, crawling, hanging, bits, dots, words, oh my.
Good luck.
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on January 11, 1998
I have read the book twice, and have attended the "What to do about your Brain Injured Child" course at "The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential" in Philadelphia. For people with a brain injured child, there is no more important book. Through a story line of dogmatic research, Doman presents in a logical manner how the brain grows by use. A simple concept, but dramatic improvements result when applied to those who need it most -- the brain injured child. The Developmental Profile outlined in the book is a God send to parents who wonder "what exactly is wrong with my child, " and "what can I do to fix the problem?"

Yes, I (we) have a brain injured child, and this book has provided direction, hope, and through hard work, tangible results that will be of lifelong benefit for our lovely daughter. Is there a rating higher than 10?

I would be happy to answer any questions about this book or the Institutes in general.
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on March 22, 1999
"What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child" is one of the greatest books written in the twentieth century. The writer, Glenn J. Doman, has come out with incredible breakthroughs which no one has come up with in the history of mankind. This book has saved lives and by doing so: humanity. This book has become a bible for parents of brain-injured children. Glenn Doman, through his books and his work, has truly helped in saving the world.
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