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.
All Human Beings Have Tremendous Potential
We presently use very little of the potential of the human brain. In the world of the brain-injured child, that tremendous potential has been the inspiration for everything we do to help our children to get better. In the world of the well-child, the potential of the brain challenges us to create the ideal environment for our babies to develop and learn to do things when it is easy to learn— when the brain is growing at its fastest rate.
Our goal for every brain-injured child and adult 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.
There are probably 100 ways for a good brain to get hurt. By now, we have probably seen all those ways. It does not matter whether that path began shortly after conception, six months before delivery, or after birth—in the end, the child is left with the injury and its consequences.
The good news is that the brain has tremendous plasticity. It can recover, it can get better. Brain-injured children are hurt: not damaged, not diseased, they are hurt. Treating the symptoms of injury to the brain without addressing the brain itself will fail. Surgery and medication are often used to try to eliminate a distressing symptom. The answer is not to be found in the medicine cabinet but in stimulation and opportunity. This is a more conservative treatment, a safer treatment, a cost-eﬀective treatment, and most important of all a treatment that works.
The brain literally grows by use. The question is: how can we use the brain more effectively? It is all about stimulation and opportunity. We have pioneered the most effective and appropriate ways to provide enriched stimulation and enhanced opportunity to bring about brain growth and development. This enriched environment helps the child become more capable and independent. We believe that capable children are effective and happy children and they become effective and happy adults who are capable of making a much better world.
Since we established the first Rehabilitation Center in 1955, we’ve seen thousands of children realize their full potential. Thousands of parents of well babies and young children have taught their children to read, to love math, and to enjoy learning anything and everything.
The IN-Report serves to record and publish the victories of brain-injured children. The accomplishments of brain-injured children who have graduated and the achievements of well children are also covered. The IN-Report keeps parents everywhere in touch with the exciting new programs, books, materials, events, and people connected with the work of The Institutes.
This journal is one of the best ways to learn about the progress being made in the world of kids and parents at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential®. Regular reports, special features, staff biographies and columns by staff members provide invaluable information.
The dedicated Staff of The Institutes come from all over the world, as do the parents of brain-injured and well children, all with great determination to make their hurt children well, and their well children better.
The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential
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