About The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential
The Institutes is a group of nonprofit institutes founded by Glenn Doman in 1955. The Institutes is internationally known for its pioneering work in child brain development and for its programs to help brain-injured children achieve wellness and well children achieve excellence.
The Institutes Work With Helping Well Children Achieve Excellence
The Institutes is internationally known for its pioneering work in child brain development. The objective of The Institutes is to help all children achieve intellectual, physical and social excellence.
When The Institutes began more than a half-century ago, it was thought that very young children were not able to learn much. Many thought at that time that intelligence was genetically determined and essentially unchangeable. Glenn Doman and his early team questioned this notion. They proposed that the brain had enormous potential and that this potential was not being fully realized. They wanted to give children a chance to be whatever they wanted to be and to be the very best they could achieve. Well children achieve excellence.
The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential serves children from all over the world. The international headquarters is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Qualified branches of The Institutes are the European Institute in Fauglia, Italy and The Doman Kenkyusho in Tokyo and Kobe, Japan. The Institutes have offices in Aguascalientes, Mexico and Madrid Spain. The Institutes presents courses for parents in Philadelphia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Russia and Australia.
The Institutes Work With Brain-Injured Children
Historically, children diagnosed with developmental delay, cerebral palsy, autism, Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, learning problems, dyslexia and a host of other symptomatic diagnoses have been considered hopeless.
The objective of The Institutes is to take special needs children, however severely hurt, and help them to achieve normality physically, intellectually, physiologically and socially.
The majority of children achieve one of these goals, and many children achieve two of these goals. Some children achieve all of these goals, and some children achieve none of these goals.
Thousands of parents have come to The Institutes to learn how to help their children at home. Those parents have proven beyond any doubt that brain-injured children are not hopeless, but instead have tremendous potential. The Institutes exists to insure that all brain-injured children have a fighting chance to be well.
About Our Special Needs Children
Profoundly brain-injured children may be blind, deaf, insensate, paralyzed or speechless. They may have significant problems with food absorption, respiration and even survival. They may have all these problems. Severely brain-injured children may have serious visual, auditory, tactile, mobility, speech or manual problems. They may have all these problems.
Moderately brain-injured children may have significant problems in one or all of the sensory and motor pathways. Mildly brain-injured children may have reading, learning, behavior, balance, coordination, speech or writing problems. They may have all these problems.
Most of these special needs children will have significant health issues ranging from failure to thrive, to chronic upper respiratory illness, reflux, asthma, nutritional problems, food intolerance and allergies. The brain-injured children admitted to The Institutes program range in age from newborn to adults. No child or adult is ever refused admission to the program because of the severity of his or her brain injury.
About the Families of The Institutes
While the primary focus has been on children, The Institutes began their work a half-century ago with adults. These early patients were primarily seniors who had had strokes or younger adults with traumatic brain injuries. The Institutes continues to offer help to any adult who has lost abilities because of an injury to the brain.
For over a half-century, families have found their way to The Institutes from more than 120 nations. The families of The Institutes represent virtually every race, religion and creed on earth.
While there is a great diversity of background, language and culture among the families, they have in common an extraordinary devotion to their children. Their children are their first priority in life. They are committed to doing everything in their power to help their children realize their full potential or to restore their adult loved one’s abilities after an injury to the brain.
Our Evaluation Procedure
When The Institutes began there was no reliable evaluation procedure for hurt or brain injured children. Glenn Doman and the staff developed the first reliable set of procedures to evaluate children with neurological problems.
The Institutes Developmental Profile™ measures the growth and development of the brain. This Profile allows us to evaluate a child and make an exact comparison between the hurt child and his well peers. This provides an accurate rate of growth for the child and establishes a baseline against which each child can be evaluated to determine his progress.
Each time a child returns to The Institutes, a new Developmental Profile is done and a new program is created based upon that Profile.
When The Institutes began more than a half-century ago there was no effective treatment for children with neurological problems. Instead hurt or brain-injured children were often medicated, warehoused and forgotten. Glenn Doman and his early team wanted to give every child a chance to be well, no matter how severely injured a child might be.
After each child was carefully evaluated and a functional diagnosis was made, the staff designed an individual program that would provide the appropriate sensory stimulation and give the maximum motor opportunity to use the new information so gained.
Fifty years ago each child lived at The Institutes and did the program there, but the staff quickly realized that parents could be taught how to do each part of the program.
This permitted the child to remain at home. Children at home with mother and father made even more significant gains. Today all our children do their program at home and return to The Institutes periodically to be re-evaluated and to receive a new program. The program is designed to treat the brain injury, not the symptoms of the injury. Treating the brain is effective—treating the symptoms simply does not work.
Our Results Speak For Themselves
There is nothing more important in the life of the brain-injured child than seeing that child get better every day. It is often said that there are no “cures” for brain injury and, of course, this is true. The word “cure” is not appropriate in the context of brain injury. For the vast majority of children, brain injury is not a progressive disease, but instead the incident that caused the injury is over and what is left is a good brain that has gotten hurt and needs help.
Our job is to take each child no matter how injured the brain may be and to move that child to the highest level of function that our present knowledge of brain growth and development will permit. A summary of these results since 1998 can be viewed here.
About Glenn Doman, Founder of The Institutes
Glenn Doman founded The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) to which parents from every continent have been finding their way for more than a half-century. It is difficult to know if he and The Institutes are more famous for their pioneering work with brain-injured children or for their work in early development for well children.
He dealt intimately with more than twenty-five thousand families over the last fifty years and strongly influenced millions of families through the book What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child, and the creation of the groundbreaking Gentle Revolution Series of books and materials that teach parents how to teach their babies at home.
Glenn Doman lived with, studied or worked with children in more than one hundred nations, ranging from the most civilized to the most primitive. He conducted expeditions to study pre-Stone Age children in Brazil’s Mato Grosso, Bushmen children in the Kalahari Desert and Inuit children in the Arctic. He also traveled to see children in the world’s major cities, from Johannesburg to Moscow and from London to Tokyo.
He was decorated by George VI with the British Military Cross for outstanding heroism in action during World War II. He received the Distinguished Service Cross from the United States for extraordinary heroism in combat, the Silver Star for gallantry against an armed enemy, and the Bronze Star for heroism in close combat. He was decorated by the Grand Duchess Charlotte for services to the Duchy of Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge.
In contrast to those decorations, he was knighted by the Brazilian government in 1966 for his services to the children of the world and received that country’s highest decoration, the Knight Order of the Southern Cross, and the Medal of the Italian Senate. His services to the children also won him decorations from institutions and groups in many other nations.
His primary work continued to be with severely brain-injured children. He was nose-to-nose with “the finest parents in the world and the most heroic children,” teaching the staff and the parents better ways to make hurt kids well.
He stated that his most prized possessions were the messages he would receive from mothers telling him of the joy they discovered in teaching their own children. These days, letters arrive from grandmothers too, telling of the lifelong benefits they have seen as the result of using his books when their children were young.
Meet The Staff
Our staff are always ready and willing to assist you in your needs here at our institute.
Senior Executive Staff
Janet Doman has been the director of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) since 1980. She grew up at The Institutes and was pitching in to help brain-injured children by the time she was nine years old. She was directly involved in The Institutes groundbreaking work in early reading. At fourteen, she illustrated one of the first books ever published that was written and designed to be read by two- and three-year-old children.
After completing studies in zoology at the University of Hull in England and physical anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, Janet devoted herself to teaching early reading programs to parents at The Institutes.
In 1974, she headed a team sent to Japan to teach English to mothers and babies at the Early Development Association in Tokyo. On her return to the United States she helped to create The Evan Thomas Institute, the first of The Institutes devoted to teaching mothers of well children how to develop their tiny children intellectually, physically, and socially.
Janet and her father updated and revised Glenn’s international best-selling books, How To Teach Your Baby To Read, How To Teach Your Baby Math and How To Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence. She authored the children’s book, Enough, Inigo, Enough and co-authored How Smart Is Your Baby? and How To Give Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge.
Janet spends most of her day teaching the parents of hurt and well children and helping them to discover the vast potential of their babies and their own potential as teachers and a valued IAHP staff member.
Douglas Doman is the vice director of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP). As president of The Institutes in Europe, he is responsible for The Institutes operations and families throughout Europe. He also serves on the board of directors of The Institutes in Mexico, where courses and the lecture series are presented each May.
As the son of Katie and Glenn Doman, he grew up on The Institutes campus knowing the brain-injured children on the clinical program. Douglas’s early years on the IAHP staff were spent creating the School for Human Development, a school for brain-injured young adults. He and his staff created the world’s first Human Development Course, a circuit utilizing physical activities that promote brain organization and development.
From 1977 to 1980, Douglas and his staff made significant breakthroughs in the physical development of well and brain-injured children. They researched and discovered the quantification of human mobility and, working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Vehicle for Initial Crawling.
Douglas co-authored How to Teach Your Baby To Be Physically Superb, which has been translated into ten languages, and is the author of How To Teach Your Baby To Swim.
Douglas led The Institutes work with ASICS, an international company that produces brachiation ladders and running shoes specifically for children.
He is married to Rosalind Klein Doman, director of The Institute for the Achievement of Physical Excellence. Their four children—Marlowe, Spencer, Morgan, and Noah—have enjoyed the benefits of The Institutes programs for well children.
Dr. Leland Green
Leland Green, MD, is the Medical Director of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP). He is responsible for teaching parents how to create optimum health in their brain-injured child and well children.
Dr. Green received undergraduate degrees in zoology and anthropology, and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota. After three years in the U.S. Army, he completed a fellowship in internal medicine in Minnesota.
In 1962 he accepted a fellowship in allergy and immunology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. This led to a private practice in the field at Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia.
Dr. Green first came to The Institutes seeking help for his brain-injured son. He began to work in The Institutes clinic with brain-injured children, as many suffer from allergies and a compromised immune system. From 1967 to 1972 he was the assistant medical director of The Institutes. He helped to bring Adelle Davis to The Institutes, where her concepts and principles formed the basis of the nutritional program.
As an avid traveler and adventurer, Dr. Green accompanied The IAHP staff on trips to South Africa, Brazil, Japan, New Guinea and Italy to study child brain development.
In 1972 he returned to private practice in allergy and immunology. In 1999 he rejoined The Institutes medical staff and has become active in The Institutes AK Biofeedback program. He is a fellow of the Academy for Child Brain Development.
Director, The Institute for the Achievement of Intellectual Excellence
As a graduate student at the University of Michigan, Susan began her studies and training at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in 1973. In 1980, she became the Director of the Institute for the Achievement of Intellectual Excellence, and the Director of the Evan Thomas Institute.
She is a principal lecturer in the “How to Multiply Your Baby Your Baby’s Intelligence” course which has been presented since 1978 to parents the world over. She teaches parents in how to enhance the growth and development of the brain through intellectual growth specifically in reading, mathematics, and encyclopedic knowledge, She also teaches parents how to do an evaluation of their child using The Institutes Developmental Profile.
Ms. Aisen is also a principal lecturer in the “What to Do About Your Brain Injured Child” course. She teaches parents of brain injured children how to evaluate their children neurologically and how to create an effective program of sensory stimulation to enhance seeing, hearing, tactility.
Susan is an international lecturer on intellectual growth in children, and has taught parents in England, Ireland, Italy, Brazil, Colombia, Malaysia, Japan, China, Singapore, Puerto Rico, and the United States, how to create intellectual excellence in their children.
She served as a consultant to Glenn Doman in the writing of How to Teach Your Baby Math and How to Multiply Your Baby’s Intelligence. She is a co-author of the book How to Give Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge.
Susan is a principal lecturer in The Pathway to Wellness now available online to parents worldwide.