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Glenn Doman, Founder of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential

Glenn Doman founded The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP) to which parents from every continent have been finding their way for over 60 years. 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.

When The Institutes began over 60 years ago, it was thought that very young children were not able to learn much. Many thought at that time that intelligence was genetically determined and essentially unchangeable.


Glenn Doman and his early team questioned this notion. They proposed that the brain had enormous potential and that this potential was not being fully realized. They wanted to give children a chance to be whatever they wanted to be and to be the very best they could achieve. Well children can and do achieve excellence.

It is difficult to know if he and The Institutes are more famous for their pioneering work with brain-injured children or for their work in early development for well children.

Glenn Doman is the author of the number-one parenting series and wrote the book How To Teach Your Baby To Read in 1963.

This was the beginning of a Gentle Gevolution which continues to this day.


Millions of mothers and fathers have read this book, and countless babies and young children have been started on a pathway to intellectual excellence as a result. For a half-century, mothers and fathers have been teaching their babies to read, to do math, to gain encyclopedic knowledge, and to become physically excellent.

For over a half-century, families have found their way to The Institutes from more than 120 nations. While there is a great diversity of background, language, and culture among the families, they have in common an extraordinary devotion to their children. Their children are their first priority in life. They are committed to doing everything in their power to help their children realize their full potential.

Glenn Doman 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.

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