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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This movement is repeat-ed in a fast rhythmic fashion for five 5 minutes, delscato least four 4 times per day and requires three to four adults to perform.

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A Norwegian cost analysis”. A control group in this manner, where children are not being treated, was in direct opposition to Glenn Doman’s personal philosophy: The IAHP claims this will heal the brain and increase brain function. Retrieved 9 March In Journal of Child Orthopae-dics 2 2: Am J Ment Defic.

In Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 21 2: On “an experimental evaluation of sensorimotor patterning”: In addition, the following committees, associations and societies have publically and formally stated they support the AAP regarding not endorsing or accepting DDPT: A cost-analysis reviewlooking at DDPT from toconcluded that non-proven intensive training programmes for patients with brain damage are costly, and as long as their effectiveness has not been properly researched and documented, health care professionals should not spend resources on these programmes outside of clinical trials.

Health Professions Act, 56 of American Academy of Pediatrics The basic theory behind this is that an increase of carbon dioxide in the blood as in-haled from the lungs causes the brain to increase blood flow to itself. A reply to Zigler and Seitz.

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. An example of this is when an active 5-year-old par-ticipating in DDPT during summer months is placed on a ml fluid intake restriction per day, which is comparative to the normal recommended intake for a kg infant, typically a month old.


The IAHP holds that brain injury at a given level of neurological development prevents or slows further progress. This may lead to less stable joints and predispose the spine and joints to injuries during normal activi-ties. A study of the validity of Delacato’s theory of neurological organization.

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The Doman-Delacato treatment of neurologically handicapped children”. This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat Test of the Doman-Delacato rationale with retarded readers.

Other therapies utilized by IAHP include eye exercises for children who have an eye that converges more than the other when looking at an object delscato the distance and those who have one eye that diverges more than the other when coman object is moved slowly toward the bridge of the nose.

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The Doman-Delacato method.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. To conclude, due to the impact of the techniques of DDPT on the respiratory system, hydration and joint mobility, it could impact on the safety and therapeutic outcomes of a child participat-ing in conventional therapies as well, implicating qualified and registered health care profes-sionals involved with children undergoing both DDPT and their conventional therapies such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

As research has shown, the only reason for possible benefits reported in case reports for DDPT comes down to possibly the increased activity and attention the programme offers, and not the therapy in itself. In their book Controversial Issues in Special EducationGarry Hornby, Jean Howard and Mary Atkinson state the program also includes “gagging” in which the child breathes into a plastic bag until gasping for breath.


Physiotherapists are knowledgeable and responsible health professionals, trained to work with children with neurological disorders, developmental problems, orthopaedic conditions and res-piratory illnesses.

In the interests of public and patient safety, it is vital that the public, and particularly the par-ents of children dmoan neuronal disabilities, are provided with the correct and complete infor-mation and background to foreign alternative therapeutic approaches, especially concerning a controversial approach not endorsed or accepted by the AAP and other affiliated associations and organisations.

The Doman-Delacato method.

In Pediatrics; 5. Doing these passive movements against resisted spasticity can cause severe pain, discomfort, joint dislo-cations and pathological fractures due to low bone density causing weak bones. Journal List West J Med v. Brunner Foundation, Louis N. We are also concerned about the fluid restrictions imposed on children following the DDPT programme. The authors expressed doubt that the treatments could achieve adequate benefits to be cost effective and concluded that health care services should only fund these treatments for clinical trials.

Evaluation of a patterning treatment for retarded children. A Critical Look Review. Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Electromyography and Clinical Neurophysiology. 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. Doubling the rate of Neurologic Development in Down Syndrome: Support Center Support Center.