Giving Children the Best Start in Life

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The capacity of the human brain is staggering and we use only a small percentage of it. Our work embraces all children from the well newborn to the child who may be struggling intellectually, physically or socially. For more than six decades we have studied the brain and gained a deeper understanding of brain development. We are dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by providing parents with the tools they need to make their children healthier, happier and much more capable

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All children have potential

We believe all children have a right to be intellectually, physically and socially excellent.

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Parents are the best teachers

When parents know how the brain grows, they can create an enriched environment at home for their children.

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The brain grows by use

Parents learn appropriate, safe, enjoyable and effective ways to promote the growth of the brain.

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Helping Children Around the World

The Institutes is internationally known for its pioneering work in child brain development. Our goal for every brain-injured child is to have a fighting chance to be well. Our goal for every well child is to have the opportunity to be intellectually, physically, and socially excellent—so they are able to follow their own path to achieve their goals in life.


Since we established the first Rehabilitation Center in 1955, we’ve realized those goals in our work with thousands of children from across the globe…and we continue our pioneering work to this day.

"The world has looked at brain growth and development as if it were a predestined and unchangeable fact, instead brain growth and development is a dynamic and ever-changing process."

- Glenn Doman

Developmental Problems Are Not Forever

No matter how frightening the symptomatic label given to the child may be, thousands of parents have learned that the brain has tremendous plasticity. Our hurt kids get better – much better.

Help your Well Child Excel

Learning begins at birth or earlier. The first six years of life are the genesis of genius. The younger a child is, the easier it is to learn. Parents are the key.

Programs for Hurt Children

Our children arrive with symptomatic diagnoses such as cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delay, epilepsy, attention deficit disorder, learning problems, dyslexia or one of many syndromes for genetic disorders that can cause neurological problems. Many parents are told that their child cannot be helped. Instead of receiving effective treatment, they are offered palliative care.


We treat the brain, not the symptoms. This makes all the difference. Our parents have proven that hurt children have enormous potential.

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What Makes us Different

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A Real Diagnosis

When children come to us, they have often received a poor prognosis and symptomatic labels, but no real diagnosis. We give children an accurate diagnosis that states the area of the brain involved, the degree of injury, and the extent of injury to brain.

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Drug-Free Treatment

Some medications have a suppressive effect on the brain. A sedated child is not a healthy child. We use a program of stimulation and opportunity, not medications, to help the injured brain to mature and function more normally.

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Unique Programming

Each child is unique and requires a program designed for that child’s neurological condition and physiology. Our clinical team works tirelessly to create one-of-a-kind treatment program that is ideal for each child based on regular evaluations.

"The knowledge and change The Institutes program brought to our lives has been the best thing. My son has changed dramatically; our whole family and our lives have been transformed. We would not be who we are today if not for this experience. My son is not the only one in our family getting better, we all are."

- Mother, USA
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Programs for Well Children

We know that the potential of the child is huge. All parents want their children to have the best opportunity to realize that potential. How can parents use their child’s precious early years to the fullest?


We have spent the last 60 years with mothers and fathers discovering the best way to teach our parents how to provide a stimulating environment and enriched opportunities for their children to become intellectually, physically and socially capable and confident. When this happens our children can pursue their own path and achieve their own goals.

What Makes Us Different

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Learning is Play

All human beings are learning throughout life. But learning is an inverse function of age. Tiny children learn at a rate that is truly astonishing, and they do so, without effort because learning is the highest form of play for a child.

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Children want to learn

Every waking moment the child is demanding information. The pressure on parents is relentless. It is easy to be overwhelmed. We give our parents the answers to feed their hungry students and to enjoy every minute.

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Ability is the goal

Little children are highly intelligent but they often spend the first six years being treated as if they are not. This can create frustration and upset. When parents understand what to do, the child’s abilities grow then frustration and upsets disappear.

"Doing the program is an incredible bonding process with your children. I loved every moment of teaching them and seeing how it changed their lives for the better. I could see that by instilling the love of learning in my children, their opportunities in life would be endless, that they could be anything they imagined as a result. I’m happy to say that this has proven true over and over again."

- Mother and Ballerina, New Jersey

Support Our Mission

The Institutes is a nonprofit organization. We have survived because we have a program that really works, we work very hard, and because people of good will around the world have contributed to our work.


We could not exist without this help. If you want to help give hurt children a fighting chance to be well, and well kids the chance to be highly capable and confident, then join our gentle revolution and contribute.

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Brookfield Events

In 1908 Jay Cooke III bought a large property in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania. He hired Wilson Eyre, the finest architect of his day, and Olmsted Brothers, the outstanding landscape architecture firm. He then built an amazing home complete with a library and reception room, a conservatory, a huge kitchen, countless master bedrooms, Italian-tiled chandeliered bathrooms, and ample space for an army of maids, butlers, and gardeners. Perhaps the crowning glory of the house was a full formal ballroom with an elegant series of terraces and gardens. There were fountains everywhere because Jay Cooke loved them, three full commercial-sized greenhouses, a potting shed, a huge kitchen and flower garden, a clay tennis court, and a large carriage house and barn, all seated on 15 acres on the geographical high point of Philadelphia.

When it was completed, he named it Brookfield.

Brookfield quickly became recognized as one of the outstanding estates of Philadelphia and was chosen for the cover article of Better Homes and Garden several years later. Four decades later, Brookfield would become the home of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, which became internationally known as the place where parents from all over the world traveled to get help and hope for their brain-injured children.

Over the years The Institutes has celebrated holidays, christenings, birthdays, weddings, graduations, and memorial celebrations for its staff, the staff’s families, and friends. It is a beautiful place to celebrate any occasion.

In the fall of 2021, we decided that we would share our beautiful home with others who needed an elegant place to celebrate, and the idea of holding events here was born. The funds earned will be used to support our splendid 100-year-old buildings and greatly help the work of The Institutes. As we put together our plans, we needed a name, so we decided to give our new venture an old, venerable title, and so Brookfield Events was born.

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There’s No Time Like The Present.

The younger the child, the faster their brain can grow. Start maximizing your child’s potential today, regardless of where they are on the developmental spectrum.