No Child is Hopeless

Our goal is for every hurt child to have a fighting chance to be well.

Since 1955, we’ve been pioneering better ways to grow the brain to use the vast capacity that is presently unused.

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"We don’t agree with everyone about brain-injured children. Our disagreement begins with diagnosis, extends to classification, identification, treatment, technique, methods, philosophy, and ends up with objective. We are positive the goal should be to make brain-injured children well, and we sometimes do. The world believes that to be impossible and therefore never does."

- Glenn Doman

When A Good Brain Gets Hurt

There are probably 100 ways for a good brain to get hurt and, 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 – it is only hurt. Brain-injured children are hurt: not damaged, not diseased, they are hurt. That is why we often used the term “hurt kids”. It is a softer, more accurate and, we hope, more civilized way to introduce the brain-injured child who has been tragically called by so many names that are libels more than labels.

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Is Your Child Brain-Injured?

There are more than 300 symptomatic labels used to describe children who have problems in the central nervous system. These labels rarely include the brain. This is tragic for parents who waste precious time treating the symptoms and limited resources chasing after a proper diagnosis. 


The children with these frightening labels are brain-injured children. Their problems originate in the brain, not the periphery. All treatment to be effective must begin with a real diagnosis. If your child has one of these symptomatic labels your child is brain-injured.

We Treat the Problem

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. Medical treatment of the brain-injured child must be aimed at brain maturation, in order to be safe and effective. 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.

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In-Depth Teaching

We teach our parents about brain growth and development so they can do a program at home to help their child get better.

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Appointments & Support

After attending our live course, parents are ready to receive support, starting with an initial appointment.

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Digital Resources

Through our online course, books and materials parents can start immediately to put their child on a pathway to wellness

Our Treatment Programs

All of the treatment of our children is done at home with mother and father. The program covers all aspects of the child’s physical, physiological and intellectual development. Parents are taught how the brain develops and how injury to the brain disrupts that development.

Parents attend our courses, read our books and bring their children to The Institutes for evaluation and a program. Between visits parents have the support of the staff when they have a question or a problem.

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What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child

After taking this world-renowned course, you’ll understand your hurt child like never before, and leave with a real plan for the future.

What to Do About Your Brain Injured Child?

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For Parents of Hurt Children

Get to Know Our Kids

Our parents have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that hurt children have tremendous potential. Meet the brain-injured kids getting better every day:

Hana – Age 5

Hana – Age 5

Cerebral Palsy, Paralysis
Hana – Age 5
Cerebral Palsy, Paralysis

Hana was born 72 days prematurely. At first, she did not have any problems, but after a month, her ultrasound showed abnormalities. But her story didn’t end there.

Sebastian – Age 20

Sebastian – Age 20

Developmental Delay
Sebastian – Age 20
Developmental Delay

“We attended the What to Do About Your Brain Injured Child course in Mexico City and took Sebastian for his first visit to Philadelphia shortly thereafter. It was a time of important challenges that helped us strengthen our family.”

Anwar – Age 3

Anwar – Age 3

Developmental Delay, Epilepsy
Anwar – Age 3
Developmental Delay, Epilepsy

“If we were to give advice to parents who are on The Institutes program we would tell them to be patient and stay strong. This is not an easy program...it takes great determination and persistence, but this program is the best thing that has happened to us.”

Lucas – Age 7

Lucas – Age 7

Developmental Delay, West Syndrome
Lucas – Age 7
Developmental Delay, West Syndrome

“After attending this course, our lives changed completely. Our food changed completely and we began an intensive physical program. We stopped traveling three times a week to do conventional therapies and devoted ourselves to working at home in preparation for our first evaluation in Philadelphia.”

Kira – Age 3

Kira – Age 3

Cerebral Palsy
Kira – Age 3
Cerebral Palsy

When she was born 3-months premature, doctors diagnosed Kira with Choanal Atresia, a congenital disorder where soft tissue blocks the nasal passage. Parents were told that Kira also had Cerebral Palsy. They went to The Institutes to seek help.

Benedetta – Age 11

Benedetta – Age 11

Cerebral Palsy
Benedetta – Age 11
Cerebral Palsy

Benedetta spent the first 3 months of her life in the hospital. She was kept in the Intensive Care Unit to be monitored and tube fed. But at age 2, her parents attended the What to Do About Your Brain Injured Child course to learn how they could help their daughter.

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