The Institutes for The Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP), founded in by Glenn Doman and Carl Delacato, provide literature on and teaches patterning . Some considerations for evaluating the Doman-Delacto “patterning” method. Pediatrics. Test of the Doman-Delacato rationale with retarded readers. JAMA. J Iowa Med Soc. May;58(5) The Doman-Delacato method. [No authors listed]. PMID: ; [Indexed for MEDLINE]. MeSH terms. Brain Damage.

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Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine. Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. The effects of re-duced oxygen levels in cerebral blood could exacerbate brain damage.

Matilda Zeigler Foundation “and others”. Furthermore, this could lead to respiratory failure, coma, organ failure and death.

A western version of the Doman-Delacato treatment of patterning for developmental disabilities.

delacto This theory can be encapsulated as ” ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny “. Additionally, since Doman taught that “time is the enemy of the brain-injured child” in that each day they are delacago getting better, they are getting worsethe months or years that the control group would not be treated, he would be doing “harm” in participation. An Imperative for Health Professionals. The IAHP claims this will heal the brain and increase brain function.

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Alongside fluid restriction, IAHP recommends a diet low in salt, sweets, and other “thirst provoking” foods. Physiotherapists are knowledgeable and responsible health professionals, trained to work with children with neurological disorders, developmental problems, orthopaedic conditions and res-piratory illnesses.


Brain-injured children may also be taught to identify by touch alone various domaan placed in a bag. Developmental Biology, 9th edition. The Doman Delacato treatment of neurologi-cally handicapped children.

The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential – Wikipedia

The use of non-evidence-based techniques that could have potential complications and side effects, by persons who are possibly not registered with the HPCSA in South Africa, is of great concern to us. The Institutes model of childhood development has been criticized in the scientific community. Full text Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version.


The Institutes consider brain damageintellectual impairment”mental deficiency”, cerebral palsyepilepsyautismathetosisattention deficit hyperactivity disorder” developmental delay “, and Down syndrome as conditions encompassing “brain injury”, the term favored by IAHP. Retrieved from ” https: Doma control group in this manner, where children are not being treated, was in direct opposition to Glenn Doman’s personal philosophy: In Global Journal of Health Science 4 6: In most cases, improvements observed in patients undergoing this method of treatment can be accounted for based on growth and development, the intensive practice of certain isolated skills, or the nonspecific effects of intensive stimulation.

According to the American Academy of Pediatricspatterning treatment is based on an oversimplified theory of brain development and its effectiveness is not supported by evidence-based medicinemaking its use unwarranted.


The philosophy of the Institutes consists of several interrelated beliefs: The IAHP has asserted in the past that it was willing and interested in participating in controlled scientific studies. The mask is not connected to an additional oxygen source and is sealed around the face with a very small hole at the bottom to allow minimal room-air oxygen to enter. On “an experimental evaluation of sensorimotor patterning”: Infants, Toddlers and Families.

A retrospective study of 21 children by the IAHP and others of children with cortical visual impairment found significant improvement after use of the program the study had no control group.

A western version of the Doman-Delacato treatment of patterning for developmental disabilities.

Views Read Edit View history. A Handbook for Parents and Professionals. Salivary osmolality and hydration status in children with Cerebral Palsy. But most contemporary child development experts “described many aspects of the program as useless delwcato perhaps even harmful”. In Pediatrics; 4: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Evaluation of a patterning treatment for retarded children. Ametek Foundation, Arcadia Foundation, Mrs.