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ACCORDING TO THE PHILADELPHIA-BASED INSTITUTES for the Achievement of Human Potential, it has produced a noninvasive treatment for brain damage. Details are contained in a popular book by Glenn Doman, founder, in 1955, of the Institutes.1 Doman-Delacato patterning therapy (DDPT) was developed in the 1940s and the 1950s by Doman, a physcial therapist; Temple Fay, a neurosurgeon; Robert Doman, a physiatrist; and Carl Delacato, a psychologist. Its core assumption is that brain damage causes a blockage in the normal pattern of brain development. The consequences of this blockage can allegedly be eliminated through what is termed “patterning” therapy, exercises that supposedly rewire the brain.
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