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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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The philosophy of the Institutes consists of several interrelated beliefs: Alongside fluid restriction, IAHP recommends a diet low in salt, sweets, and other “thirst provoking” foods.

Position Statement: The Doman Delacato Patterning Therapy (DDPT)

By the Committee on Children with Disabilities. IAHP also recommends stimulating the eyes of children with amblyopia by flashing a light on and off.

But most contemporary child development experts “described many aspects of the program as useless and perhaps even harmful”. Using the phylogenetic development theory they use psychomotor patterning, a homo-lateral crawling pattern passive head rotation with flexion of arm and leg on the same side and extension of the arm and leg on the opposite side to impose the proper pattern onto the brain.

DDPT has been widely criticised by the Western world and the scientific com-munity since the s, and the recapitulation theory of Dr Fay has been largely discredited by current biological and neuro-pathophysiological research advances.

Thus the fluid restrictions imposed by IAHP are not in line with the current evidence-based fluid requirements for infants and children, and we urge parents to consult with qualified and registered Dietitians and Paediatricians regarding the individualised nutritional and fluid requirements of their chil-dren.

The AAP statement, while a statement opposed to patterning without further evidence, is in fact in agreement with The Institutes in the manner at which the patients make improvements, stating that these improvements are due to “the basis of growth and development” according to the Institutes the “brain grows with use””the intensive practice of certain isolated skills” and “the nonspecific effects of intensive stimulation”.


The Raising of Intelligence: Get a printable copy Delacaato file of the complete article Kor click on a page image below to browse page by page. Retrieved from ” https: The Society of Neurological Surgeons. Test of the Doman-Delacato rationale with retarded readers.

Infants Toddlers and Families. Matilda Zeigler Foundation “and others”. No Time for Jello: Some considerations for evaluating the Doman-Delacto “patterning” method. In Pediat-rics; 5 This theory can be encapsulated as ” ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny “.

In Global Journal of Health Science 4 6: 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.

Controversy over “patterning” as a treatment for brain damage in children. Paediatric Cervical Spine Instability. Teaching Children With Autism.

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

Recapitulation theory has been largely discredited in biology. For children with poor hearing, IAHP recommends auditory stimulation with loud noises, which may be pre-recorded. Our aim is to protect, enhance and promote our profession, while ensuring the accurate education and empowerment of the public. Copyright and License information Disclaimer. In Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 21 2: Controversial Issues in Special Education.

Minimizing Its Fads, Fancies, and Follies. American Academy of Pediatrics Interventions like these may lead to unreasonable expectations for curing brain damage and complete healing of neuronal disabilities. 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.


Early intervention for infants with Down syndrome: In the interests of public and patient safety, it is vital that the public, and particularly the par-ents of children with 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.

Furthermore, many infants and children with neuronal disabil-ities present with low bone density due to being non-ambulatory and not being weight-bearing through long bones.

Doubling the rate of Neurologic Development in Down Syndrome: American Academy for Delacto Palsy. Physiotherapists are knowledgeable and responsible health professionals, trained to work with children with neurological disorders, developmental problems, orthopaedic conditions and res-piratory illnesses.

Much of the work at The Institutes follows from Dr. Nonstandard therapies in the developmental disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. This passive movement is carried out by adults for in-fants and young children who cannot do this on their own. Current information does not support the claims of proponents that this treatment is efficacious, and its use continues to be unwarranted Medical and scientific health interventions are evaluated on both a theoretical basis and on empirical value.

Neurological organization in terms of mobility. Retrieved 9 March 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.