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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Journal List West J Med v. American Academy of Pediatrics We are obligated to ensure the correct information is provided to the public delacsto protecting our profession and guiding our patients. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. 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.

Temple Fay who believed in recapitulation theorywhich posits that the infant brain evolves through chronological stages of development similar to first a fish, a reptile, a mammal and finally a human.

Matilda Zeigler Foundation “and others”. The use of non-evidence-based techniques delscato 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.

Children with neuronal disabilities and their parents are especially vulnerable. 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. In Journal of Reha-bilitative Medicine Get a printable copy PDF file of the complete article Kor click on a page image below to browse page by page.

The IAHP then instructed parents of children in their program not to take part in any independent studies designed to evaluate the program’s effectiveness. 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. We are also concerned about the fluid restrictions imposed on children following the DDPT programme.


Houghton Mifflin College Division. This is based on the belief that it will cause maximum use of the lungs and thus maximize oxygen circulation to the brain.

Evaluation of a patterning treatment for retarded children. Recapitulation theory has been largely discredited in biology. Doctors Martha Farrell Erickson and Karen Marie Kurz-Riemer wrote that IAHP “capitalized on the desires of members of the ‘baby boom’ generation to maximize their children’s intellectual potential” and “encouraged parents to push their infants to develop maximum brain power”. Physiotherapists are knowledgeable and responsible health professionals, trained to dman with children with neurological disorders, developmental problems, orthopaedic conditions and res-piratory illnesses.

This delafato lead to less stable joints and predispose the spine and joints to injuries during normal activi-ties.

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. Paediatric Cervical Spine Instability. Interventions like these may lead to unreasonable expectations for curing brain damage and complete healing of neuronal disabilities. No Time for Jello: A Handbook for Dojan and Professionals.

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DevBio a Companion to: A 15 patient Norwegian cost analysis of an unproven intensive training treatment for brain damage that included 11 patients treated by IAHP found the treatment regimen not cost effective. In their summary, the AAP does acknowledge “improvement observed in patients undergoing this method of treatment” but considers said observations as “poorly documented claims for cure” and thus “an unproven technique”.

Some considerations for evaluating the Doman-Delacto “patterning” method. The effects of re-duced oxygen levels in cerebral blood could exacerbate brain damage. Am J Ment Defic. As qualified and registered medical health care professionals working with these children on a daily basis, we wish to make you aware of the Doman Delacato Patterning Therapy DDPTand the current scientific evidence for and against it.


Furthermore, this could lead to respiratory failure, coma, organ failure and death. This is combined with movement re-striction and facilitation intended to promote hemispheric dominance.

In Developmental Neurorehabiliation 16 4: Hines then stated that roman “have shown very little interest in providing empirical support for their methods”.

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In Journal delacaato American Physicians and Surgeons 21 2: Alongside fluid restriction, IAHP recommends a diet low in salt, sweets, and other “thirst provoking” foods. Current information does not support the claims of proponents that this treatment is efficacious, and its use continues to be unwarranted Archived from the original on In Pediat-rics; 5 Open in a separate window. By the Committee on Children with Disabilities. This page was last edited on 21 Novemberat Please review our privacy policy.

It is also not advisable to exert an infant or child during exercises delacatk in therapy with a pre-existing suboptimal respiratory state. For delacatoo with poor hearing, IAHP recommends delaxato stimulation with loud noises, which may be pre-recorded. Additionally, since Doman taught that “time is the enemy of the brain-injured child” in that each day they are not getting better, they are getting worsethe months or years that the control group would not be treated, he would be doing “harm” in participation.

Therefore this practice borders on volitional dehydration. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.

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