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Glenn Doman & the Institutes 2017-10-03T01:16:54+00:00

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