Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome)

Old Thinking

  • They are incurable due to a genetic abnormality.

  • They are “mentally retarded.”

  • They will never move, learn, speak or live normally.

Our View

  • They have neurological problems and can develop like other children.

  • They are intelligent.

  • They can live a normal life.

Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome)

Parents from around the world have helped their children with Trisomy 21, commonly referred to as Down syndrome, to move along the pathway to wellness. Using the programs developed by The Institutes, children diagnosed with Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, have been able to significantly improve their ability to learn, to communicate, to solve problems and, in some cases, to perform at age level or above.

Children with Trisomy 21, labeled as having Down syndrome, have a pattern of malformations that are pathogenetically related. It was believed that these genetic problems were the complete explanation as to why these children could not function as well as other children. As a result, it has been assumed that they could not be treated or helped. This is not the case.

The Institutes does not treat the genetic disorder. However, these children are brain-injured as a result of their genetic problems. Those injuries may be mild, moderate, severe, or profound, just as they are in other brain-injured children.

Down syndrome is a label rather than a diagnosis. A proper diagnosis describes where the problem exists, the degree of the problem, and the extent of the problem. It is necessary to treat the brain, where the problem actually exists to be successful.


To be successful one must treat the brain, where the injury actually exists. The Institutes offers a comprehensive home program that focuses on neurological growth and development. Our goal is physical, physiological, intellectual, and social growth towards excellence for each child.


The Institutes presents courses for parents where they can learn how to successfully provide enrichment and opportunity at home to help their child progress. Learn More

The course is presented in Philadelphia in the United States, India, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Russia, Spain, Australia, Singapore and Mexico. Click For Course Dates

Next Philadelphia Course: June 21 2015 (Fill Out Form Below To Learn More)


A proper diagnosis describes where the injury exists in the brain, the degree of the injury, and the extent of the injury to the brain.


Parents may wish bring their child to The Institutes. After a detailed history is taken and a careful and thorough evaluation is completed, a diagnosis is made and a home treatment program is designed for each child and carefully taught. Learn More


When parents return home to carry out the program, the staff of The Institutes provide the support parents need to carry out the program until their next visit to The Institutes.


Using the programs developed by The Institutes, children diagnosed with Trisomy 21 have been able to improve function and, in some cases, perform at peer level or above. See Results

What Parents Say:

Read Some Of Our Success Stories:

Sara Portrait

On the day of Sara’s birth, her parents were told that she had Trisomy 21. This began the family on a search to find answers for Sara, leading them to The Institutes. Read more about Sara.

Yuuki with Brother

Yuuki was diagnosed with Trisomy 21 as an infant. When she was two years old, her mother traveled to Philadelphia to attend the What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child course. Learn how their lives changed.

Anna and Maria

Maria and her twin sister, Anna were diagnosed with Trisomy 21 at birth. Their parents attended the What To Do About Your Brain-Injured Child course when the girls were 11 months old. See how Maria and Anna are doing today.

Read The Book:

WhatToDoBook2In this landmark book, Glenn Doman—pioneer in the treatment of the traumatically brain-injured—brings hope to thousands of children, many inoperable, many given up for lost and doomed to live in a frightening, even dangerous world.

In this valuable volume for parents and professionals, Doman documents The Institutes® forty-year success with the traumatically brain-injured, citing statistics and case histories, and illustrating the basic principles of brain development with charts, diagrams and drawings.

You can find the book at your local library or you can purchase it at The Gentle Revolution Press.

To learn more about our work with children diagnosed with Down syndrome please do one of the following:

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– Call 215-233-2050, ext. 2868


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