Glenn Doman & the Institute
GLENN DOMAN founded The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in 1955. The Institutes, a non-profit organisation, is internationally known for its pioneering work in child brain development.
Today, the Institutes serve children from all over the world. The international headquarters is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The Glenn Doman programme was introduced in Singapore in 1995.
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.
The Gentle Revolution — What, Why and How
The Gentle Revolution began quietly more than a half century ago. It was, and still is, the most gentle of all revolutions. There may be some of you reading who do not know what it’s all about, so here’s the explanation:
The Gentle Revolution proposes that tiny children have within them the capacity to learn virtually anything while they are tiny and that whatever it is that children learn without any conscious effort at the age of two, three or four years of age can only be learned with greater effort, or may not be learned at all, later in life.
The Gentle Revolution aims to give every child — through the parents — a chance to be excellent while giving all parents the knowledge required to make highly intelligent, extremely capable, and delightful children. In turn, this will lead towards the making of a highly humane, sane and decent world.
In 1964, Glenn Doman, published his book, “How to Teach Your Baby to Read”. Parents all over the world began reading the book and that marked the beginnings of The Gentle Revolution. Today, more than two million parents have read How to Teach Your Baby to Read in English and over 5 million copies have been published. Scores of mothers have been writing about their joy in reading the book and their success in teaching their children how to read, and in doing so, expand their children’s vocabulary.
More than four decades have passed since then. The Gentle Revolution is far from over. Looking forward, we aim to touch as many tiny lives as possible by bringing as many mothers and babies closer together and helping them to unleash the children’s true and love of learning.
Adapted from www.iahp.org