Meet Our Kids

Explore our curated collection of stories about the hurt children (and their parents) who have come to The Institutes for help.

Maria & Ana – Age 4

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Maria & Ana – Age 4
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

At two years of age, Mother began teaching Maria and Anna to read. Today, at four years of age, the twins love to read, and they read every day. They both walk and run two hours daily.

Yuuki

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Yuuki
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

Yuuki was diagnosed with Trisomy 21 as an infant, and as her mother wrote, “Since then we began searching for the best solution we could find to help her develop fully.” Yuuki is now in junior high school, and has perfect attendance due to her excellent health.

Sara

Down Syndrome, Immobility, Trisomy 21
Sara
Down Syndrome, Immobility, Trisomy 21

On the day of Sara’s birth, her parents were told that she had Trisomy 21. This began the family on a search to find answers for Sara, leading them to The Institutes. Today, Sara goes to school, and is above age level in academics, athletics, and in social situations, too.

Mila – Age 5

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Mila – Age 5
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

“Mila has been our biggest motivation since the day she was born and continues to be the love of our lives. We are lucky to have had the support of friends and family that have been there for us since we started the program.”

Kosei – Age 22

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Kosei – Age 22
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

After testing, Kosei was diagnosed with Trisomy 21, and it seemed he was destined to develop slowly and poorly. At 18 years of age, he began his university studies in Japanese History, a subject he had been studying since he was 3 years old.

Francesco

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Francesco
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

Francesco continues to be an inspiration for the staff of The Institutes and families around the world. He has shown time and time again that Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome) does not define an individual’s potential.

Ana

Coma, Immobility, Traumatic Brain Injury
Ana
Coma, Immobility, Traumatic Brain Injury

At age 2, a terrible accident changed Ana’s life. Ana fell headfirst from a second-story balcony onto a marble floor. She suffered a traumatic brain injury and was comatose. Today, though, Ana is above her age level in reading and writing. Her story is incredible.

Malcolm – Age 3

Autism, Developmental Delay
Malcolm – Age 3
Autism, Developmental Delay

“We have been doing the program now for 9 months, and he is a completely different boy. When he started the program, he said only three words. He now has 300-400 words, and more words are coming.“

Haylie – Age 21

Convergence, Hyperauditory, Medication
Haylie – Age 21
Convergence, Hyperauditory, Medication

“I am writing to thank you for all of your help with overcoming my brain injury. For the last couple of years I have made a lot of progress and I don’t think of myself as brain-injured anymore.”

Tim – Age 4

Blindness, Deafness, Developmental Delay
Tim – Age 4
Blindness, Deafness, Developmental Delay

It has been a year since Tim came for his first evaluation at The Institutes. In the last year, Tim has continued to make incredible gains. He not only reads, but also loves to read homemade books that his parents make for him.

Haylie – Age 21

Learning Problems
Haylie – Age 21
Learning Problems

“Brain Injured or disabled kids can be fixed. The cause of my daughter’s problems was an injury to her brain... When the cause is treated, the symptoms go away.”

Caelum – Age 10

Blindness, Coma, Deafness
Caelum – Age 10
Blindness, Coma, Deafness

When Caelum was 17 months old, his parents experienced every parent’s worst nightmare. Caelum fell into the pool and nearly drowned. He suffered a brain injury. His parents turned to The Institutes for help.

Yoshiki and Yuuki

Hydrocephaly, Hyperactivity
Yoshiki and Yuuki
Hydrocephaly, Hyperactivity

Yoshiki and Yuuki were the first contributors to The Founder’s Fund when it was created to celebrate Glenn Doman’s 90th birthday. Yoshiki and Yuuki were born ten years ago, and their story is a fantastic example of how the Institutes can help.

Jacob

Blindness, Deafness, Developmental Delay
Jacob
Blindness, Deafness, Developmental Delay

At one year of age, Jacob was blind, deaf and immobile. Today, his mother is proud to share his incredible progress with the world.

Blanca – Age 6

Cerebral Palsy
Blanca – Age 6
Cerebral Palsy

An MRI done on Blanca’s first day of life showed a massive brain edema. She was kept in the hospital for 12 days. Blanca returned home but had no significant development.
The “What to Do About Your Brain-Injured Child” course put her on the track to wellness.

Emilio

Immobility
Emilio
Immobility

The Institutes is happy to share the story of Emilio, who is three years old, and lives in Spain. Emilio’s parents attended the What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child course in January 2012, and immediately began a program with Emilio. His progress is incredible.

Nihad – Age 20

Hemiplegia, Immobility
Nihad – Age 20
Hemiplegia, Immobility

Nihad had hemiplegia and learning problems from a surgery. His parents worried for his future. Today, he runs marathons for charity, and is proof that anything is possible.

Henry – Age 11

Deafness, Developmental Delay
Henry – Age 11
Deafness, Developmental Delay

Henry was born deaf, with a serious developmental delay. In response, Henry and his parents fought for an ordinary life... and got an extraordinary one.

Diego – Age 3

Cerebral Palsy
Diego – Age 3
Cerebral Palsy

“Do not get depressed. Before starting the program, get well organized. You should not have any doubt about the success of the program; you are on the right path.”

Ferruccio – Age 50

Developmental Delay
Ferruccio – Age 50
Developmental Delay

Ferruccio was a premature baby and by the third month of life his arms and legs started to become rigid. By age 2, Ferruccio’s parents knew their little boy was in trouble and they learned about the work of The Institutes. They were eager to start treating their little son.

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.”

Manuela – Age 4

Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Manuela – Age 4
Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

One little girl with an extra chromosome and no mother or father finds the family she deserves.

Julia – Age 5

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Julia – Age 5
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

Is Down Syndrome an incurable disease? Week after week, our parents who have children diagnosed with Trisomy 21 come to The Institutes and tell us their story. Stories like that of little Julia, who has one of the most inspiring paths toward wellness we’ve ever seen.

Floyd – Age 6

Trisomy 21
Floyd – Age 6
Trisomy 21

At about 4 months, Floyd started showing symptoms of Trisomy 21. His parents worried he would not recover. That is when they discovered The Institutes and began implementing a treatment program at home when Floyd was 6 months old. The rest is history.

Ana Sofia – Age 2

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Ana Sofia – Age 2
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

Ana Sofia’s mother realized her daughter had slightly flattened facial features and poor muscle tone. Her doctor told her that Ana Sofia had Trisomy 21. But with the help of The Institutes, Ana Sofia crawled, crept, walked, laughed, and read before she was 2 years.

Matias – Age 19

Post Natal Hypoxia
Matias – Age 19
Post Natal Hypoxia

Poor health and language development made the early life of little Matias very difficult. Soon he will begin to study Economics at University. Father tells the story of his son’s journey from birth to the present.

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.”

Brody – Age 2

Hydrocephaly, Intracerebral Hemorrhage
Brody – Age 2
Hydrocephaly, Intracerebral Hemorrhage

Born at 23 weeks of gestation, Brody’s parents were told he had only a 5% chance of survival. But through work with The Institutes, Brody advanced 7.87 months neurologically in 6.3 months. His growth rate is now 126% of average.

Wei Xuan

Crawling, Hypogenesis
Wei Xuan
Crawling, Hypogenesis

“I started to do the program when I was 3.5 years old, when I wasn’t able to see and hear well...But now I can read in three languages well. This was not by chance, it was all through doing the Intensive Treatment Program.”

George – Age 3

Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay
George – Age 3
Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay

“It is incredibly difficult when your child’s eyes don’t work, when he can’t look at you...These things DO NOT improve when you wait and see. They do not improve when you don’t work at it every single day. Your child has only you, you must step up and do everything possible”

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.”

Sara – Age 25

Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay
Sara – Age 25
Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay

“With this program you always have goals to achieve to improve your life. It must be done with tenacity and believe in what you do. It is the only way to improve and be patient, you will definitely notice the results.”

Mateo – Age 4

Autism, Language Development, Learning Problems
Mateo – Age 4
Autism, Language Development, Learning Problems

“As a family, it is our desire and life project to develop our children´s neurological and physical capabilities to their full potential. We have found at The Institutes, the method, the direction, the support and the experience of the staff to overcome our son's brain injury”

Jonathan – Age 7

Autism
Jonathan – Age 7
Autism

After a good start as a baby, little Jonathon’s development is seriously derailed. Can he find the help he needs to get back on track? Mother tells his story.

Jaden – Age 5

Developmental Delay
Jaden – Age 5
Developmental Delay

“With guidance from The Institutes, and supportive friends and family, plus his own hard work and cooperation, we are overjoyed with Jaden’s progression.”

Suri – Age 3

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Suri – Age 3
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

“When Suri was two years old, I attended the “What to do about your Brain Injured Child” Course in Philadelphia, USA and my husband did it soon after. For twelve months we have been on the Intensive Treatment Program and haven’t looked back."

Daichi

Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21
Daichi
Down Syndrome, Trisomy 21

A chromosomal test confirmed that Daichi had Trisomy 21. Now Daichi is off to a wonderful start – he went from not moving, understanding poorly, and being unable to speak; to running, understanding, reading, doing math, and speaking.

Blanca – Age 6

Cerebral Palsy
Blanca – Age 6
Cerebral Palsy

An MRI done on Blanca’s first day of life showed a massive brain edema. She was kept in the hospital for 12 days. Blanca returned home but had no significant development.
The “What to Do About Your Brain-Injured Child” course put her on the track to wellness.

Yuya – Age 18

Autism, Convergence
Yuya – Age 18
Autism, Convergence

It is hard not to be impressed by Yuya’s determination and persistence. While other little boys enjoyed their childhoods, he was often alone and isolated by his sensory problems, or ill and confined by his allergies. Those times are a distant memory now.

Ignacio – Age 10

Developmental Delay, Physical Excellence
Ignacio – Age 10
Developmental Delay, Physical Excellence

Doctors told Igancio’s parents that he would be developmentally delayed and would be retarded. Now, Ignacio has graduated to life from The Institutes program and is well on the road to succeeding in all his academic challenges.

Victoria – Age 9

Developmental Delay, Manual Competence
Victoria – Age 9
Developmental Delay, Manual Competence

“We feel grateful to God, and with a man named Glenn Doman, his family and his admirable staff especially Susan Aisen, because the future for my children is no longer uncertain”

Elisa – Age 8

Developmental Delay
Elisa – Age 8
Developmental Delay

Doctors agreed with the parents’ observations that Elisa was experiencing learning difficulties. Her parents began to look for ways to help Elisa catch up with her peers. The Institutes helped her do just that...and more.

Diego – Age 8

Developmental Delay
Diego – Age 8
Developmental Delay

“We attended the What To Do About Your Brain-injured Child course. The most important thing that we got was the understanding that Diego had a brain injury. But, above all, that it was treatable and Diego could become a regular child… or perhaps even more.”

Reagan – Age 6

Developmental Delay
Reagan – Age 6
Developmental Delay

When Reagan was born, she did not have a birth cry and had difficulty breathing. Within the first week of life, Reagan had difficulty eating and at 6 days old she began having seizures. Today, after her work at The Institutes, she’s on the path to wellness.

Krishna – Age 10

Developmental Delay
Krishna – Age 10
Developmental Delay

As a baby, Krishna was diagnosed as having a developmental and speech delay. After three years on the Intensive Treatment Program, Krishna is no longer overly sensitive to sound or touch, and is above his age level in physical stamina.

Ana Isabel – Age 15

Developmental Delay
Ana Isabel – Age 15
Developmental Delay

Ana Isabel was born with complications and suffered a severe brain injury that affected her development. Now she’s in tenth grade in a highly academic school in Guatemala. Not only is she at her grade level, but also she has shown academic excellence.

Alessio

Developmental Delay
Alessio
Developmental Delay

“I started to do The Institutes program in 1992; at that time I had problems in many areas.
My chronological age did not correspond to my neurological age. Recently I have achieved complete independence, and I now live by myself in an apartment.”

Aissa – Age 16

Developmental Delay
Aissa – Age 16
Developmental Delay

As a young child, Aissa had frequent fevers, and often she would faint. Today, after working with The Institutes, Aissa is no longer on medications of any kind, and has been healthy for more than three years. She enjoys gymnastics, reading, and writing stories

Tae – Mother

Developmental Delay, Physical Excellence
Tae – Mother
Developmental Delay, Physical Excellence

When Tae was four years old, her parents were advised to put her on anticonvulsant medication and to begin physical therapy to help her catch up to her peers, but nothing they did helped her to improve. Today, she’s flourishing as a mother to her own children.

John – Age 10

Developmental Delay
John – Age 10
Developmental Delay

After speech therapy was unsuccessful, John was diagnosed as mentally retarded and developmentally delayed, likely due to encephalitis at birth. Today, after working with The Institutes, John is flourishing physically, intellectually and socially.

Matvey & Timofey

Cerebral Palsy
Matvey & Timofey
Cerebral Palsy

Matvey and Timofey are twin brothers. One month after they were born, their MRIs showed brain ischemia. This is one of the many cerebral palsy causes in children. The Institutes helped them find wellness.

Carla – Age 6

Cerebral Palsy
Carla – Age 6
Cerebral Palsy

At 9 months of age, a rehabilitation hospital confirmed that Carla had spasticity, and she was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. But one day, her mother stumbled upon How To Teach Your Baby To Read by Glenn Doman.

Melvin – Age 3

Cerebral Palsy, Immobility
Melvin – Age 3
Cerebral Palsy, Immobility

octors told Melvin’s parents that they could not predict how he would do and advised them to “wait and see.” Parents did not want to wait and immediately began searching for answers on the Internet. They quickly discovered The Institutes.

Adele & Leah

Cerebral Palsy
Adele & Leah
Cerebral Palsy

One little girl proves that brothers and sisters are a powerful force to help save the lives of brain-injured children and help with cerebral palsy treatment.

Dennis – Age 7

Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Epilepsy
Dennis – Age 7
Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Epilepsy

At 11 months, Dennis was diagnosed as having cerebral palsy, severe developmental delay and epilepsy. His outlook was difficult. But at the age 5, his parents brought him to The Institutes to seek a path to wellness.

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.

Diego – Age 3

Cerebral Palsy, Immobility
Diego – Age 3
Cerebral Palsy, Immobility

As a baby, Diego startled and stiffened easily. Doctors told parents that Diego was microcephalic and had “atrophy of the brain”. Today he is running, speaking single words in Italian and English, and is able to pick up objects with both hands.

Caleb- Age

Cerebral Palsy
Caleb- Age
Cerebral Palsy

When Caleb’s parents were told that their son had Cerebral Palsy, doctors told them that his prognosis was bleak. His parents refused to accept that Caleb could not improve and made plans to attend the What To Do About Your Brain- Injured Child course.

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.

Aaron – Age 7

Cerebral Palsy, Seizures
Aaron – Age 7
Cerebral Palsy, Seizures

Aaron was delivered prematurely by emergency c-section. He was not breathing and needed the help of a respirator to survive. At the hospital, Aaron’s parents heard of the work of The Institutes.

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.

Zac – Age 6

Cerebral Palsy, Prematurity
Zac – Age 6
Cerebral Palsy, Prematurity

Little Zac was born 35 days before his due date. Within 72 hours he became jaundiced. He was in the hospital for 4 long weeks. Luckily, his parents found The Institutes.

Jay – Age 64

Cerebral Palsy
Jay – Age 64
Cerebral Palsy

I was born with a congenital speech impairment. A pediatrician and neurologist concluded that I was a brain- injured child. Today, I’m 64 years old, married, and living a good life with my condition.

Siao – Age 23

Autism
Siao – Age 23
Autism

At 18 months, Siao was diagnosed as autistic. But at age 3, Siao’s parents attended the “What to Do About Your Brain Injured Child” course, and learned how to help him.

Sean – Age 16

Autism
Sean – Age 16
Autism

Sean was diagnosed as autistic and as having a “non-verbal learning disorder.” When Sean was 11 years old, his parents first learned about the work of The Institutes.

Siao – Age 23

Autism
Siao – Age 23
Autism

By three years of age, Siao had been diagnosed as autistic, his lack of speech persisted and he was socially withdrawn. Today, Siao, age 23, reads at the university level, and is a long distance runner.

Matilde – Age 5

Autism, Epilepsy
Matilde – Age 5
Autism, Epilepsy

For her first month, Matilde had breathing and feeding problems that concerned her parents. Parents were told Matilde would never be well...but they refused to give up.

Alex – Age 3

Autism
Alex – Age 3
Autism

Alex was diagnosed as autistic at 18 months of age. When he was 2 years and 9 months of age, his mother attended the What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child course.

Alex – Age 3

Autism
Alex – Age 3
Autism

Alex was diagnosed as autistic at 18 months of age. When he was 2 years and 9 months of age, his mother attended the What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child course.