The Doman Delacato method still has much to offer, but not necessarily in the way one expects. The Doman Delacato method has helped many people, adults and children, and even babies, lead a fuller and more meaningful life. This is an honest review, that cuts to the quick of the matter. It was developed by Glenn Doman, a physical therapist and Carl Delacato, an educational psychologist. Fay was a well known neurosurgeon who worked in the s and s. He developed several revolutionary neurosurgery techniques, but the theory that Doman and Delacato used was Dr.
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The Doman Delacato method still has much to offer, but not necessarily in the way one expects. The Doman Delacato method has helped many people, adults and children, and even babies, lead a fuller and more meaningful life. This is an honest review, that cuts to the quick of the matter.
It was developed by Glenn Doman, a physical therapist and Carl Delacato, an educational psychologist. Fay was a well known neurosurgeon who worked in the s and s. He developed several revolutionary neurosurgery techniques, but the theory that Doman and Delacato used was Dr. Modern mainstream biologists now know that there is no such thing as a tree of evolution, and that the human brain does not evolve in this way.
This theory of brain development was outdated and discarded entirely by the s. The Doman Delacato method and the idea of neuroplasticity The Doman Delacato method was also developed from the idea of neuroplasticity, which basically states that the brain has an inherent ability to grow both functionally and anatomically. We know now that while the brain stops growing at all after a certain point of development, with the biggest spurt of brain growth between ages 2 and 4, another smaller burst around age 9, and then final development occuring between ages 18 to 23, healthy portions of the brain can pick up functions from damaged portions.
The brain cannot literally grow bigger, nor can it replace damaged parts. Instead, what the brain does seem to do if damaged is, in effect, re-route as many functions as possible. For example, people who have had brain injury affecting touch have, with constant stimulation on the body area affected, re-routed their sensory abilities to a mirroring section of the brain.
Theories behind The Doman Delacato method in conclusion Both theories were modern and respected in their day, but they have been found to be wrong, but there have been a lot of good results from those that have used the Doman Delacato method — as you will see below.
The Doman Delacato method activites and exercises — paving the way for real, bona-fide early intervention. The first step, patterning, means to move the head, arms and legs in rhythmic, repetitive patterns. Crawling means to help the child do forward motions with the abdomen in contact with the floor, while creeping means to do forward motion with the abdomen off of the floor.
Expressive activities refers play activities like picking up objects. Masking is a technique used where the child breathes into a mask and rebreathes the same air, thus increasing the level of carbon dioxide taken in each breath. It does the exact same thing to the brain and is a lot safer and less potentially traumatizing.
Many of these techniques can be found in physical or occupational therapy today, and are frequently used in early intervention now, but in the time the Doman Delacato method was started, this was not the norm. The Doman Delacato method in Disrepute This method has gotten quite a bit of criticism from various medical organizations and individual scientists.
The American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Children with Disabilities issued its first warning against the program in , only eight years after the initial publication of the method. They re-issued the warning in , and re-affirmed it in and The substance of the warning basically states that the method is based on an outdated and oversimplified theory of brain development, that current information and research does not support the claims made about the method, and that the financial demands and burden of work placed on families can be so large as to seriously reduce financial resources and strain familial relationships.
This statement has been echoed several times over by various neurologists and pediatricians. There have also been several dozen controlled scientific studies regarding the Doman Delacato method that failed to show any improvement in intellectual function. What they are not really seeing about the Doman Delacato method What studies have shown the Doman Delacato method to be capable of is increasing function in other areas. In a scientific research paper appeared in the International Journal of Neuroscience that described significant improvement in children with cortical visual impairment who were using the Doman Delacato method.
These children were blind because they had suffered serious vision loss due to injury of visual areas of the brain. They had no damage to the eye itself nor to the nerve leading from the eye to the brain. Over seven years, 20 out of the 21 children studied showed significant improvement after 4 to 13 months on the program. Is the Doman Delacato method now a fraud? The real question comes down to what the program promises to do, what it actually does, and how it gets the promised results.
The clinical studies done on the method were done by using the Doman Delacato method on one group of small children and giving similar amounts of attention without structure or methodology to the other. When done in this manner, does the method show a clinical increase in intellectual function? In fact, infants who get too little healthy human interaction can develop serious physical and mental problems.
The answer on that one would seem to be yes. If a child can see better, can reach and hold and move better, then quicker learning will naturally follow. If increased visual and motor development happen younger, the child will absorb the information earlier and be functionally smarter. First, both of them are located in the United States, which can be a serious problem for parents in other parts of the world.
Second, both Institutes of the Doman Delacato method currently insist that the child be removed from any anti-convulsant medication before starting treatment in their programs.
The literature published by the Institute for the Acheivement of Human Potential, which is the older of the two companies, states that seizures can and should be controlled by increased carbon dioxide intake for short periods of time, restriction on salt and liquid intake, good nutrition and nutritional supplements.
This theory about seizure treatment and prevention has never been proven anywhere, and removing a child from anti-epileptic medication when he or she needs it is not a brilliant idea.
Last, books on the Doman Delacato method are available for far less online and in bookstores. These books can give the foundation of the Doman Delacato method and allow each individual family to tailor the practices to their own lives. The Doman Delacato method in Conclusion In closing, the Doman Delacato method has proven useful to a great number of children. However, its promises of increased intellectual function are unproven by any scientific standard whatsoever.
Because of these results, the Doman Delacato method may be a good adjunct to physical and occupational therapy. Ultimately, you and your family must decide what is best for you and your children. Point of Query on the Doman Delacato Method Hi Loni, I read the article on the Doman Delacato method and it was well researched and well balanced, but being an insider — I did research on this method I think years before anyone else, the idea of the brain development you describe was never mentioned.
Did you come across this in your readings? Developmental Biology, 8th edition. Sinauer Associates. Wilkinson, MD. Committee on Children with Disabilities. PMID Understanding Mental Retardation. Cambridge University Press, Springfield, Illinois: Charles C Thomas, Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published.
Doman Delacato Method Accurately Reviewed (for once)
The Institutes consider brain damage , intellectual impairment , "mental deficiency", cerebral palsy , epilepsy , autism , athetosis , attention deficit hyperactivity disorder , " developmental delay ", and Down syndrome as conditions encompassing "brain injury", the term favored by IAHP. Temple Fay who believed in recapitulation theory , which posits that the infant brain evolves through chronological stages of development similar to first a fish, a reptile, a mammal and finally a human. This theory can be encapsulated as " ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny ". Recapitulation theory has been largely discredited in biology. IAHP also recommends stimulating the eyes of children with amblyopia by flashing a light on and off.
Doman-Delacato Treatment Of Neurologically Handicapped Children
Fundamental iniciar tempranamente. Es muy estricto en cuanto al cumplimiento. Desde los peces a los anfibios, reptiles y antropoides. Como en el desarrollo no se puede adelantar, en el tratamiento es esencial que los niveles inferiores esten desarrollados antes de esperar los superiores. Utilizarlos para desarrollar tono, inhibir, etc. El programa propuesto es: Proveer al cerebro de un ambiente adecuado.
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