Doman’s method results

Aha, you’re wondering what the future has in store for your baby? Perfectly reasonable question: you spend all this time preparing the materials, coming up with creative ways to show cards and words, and in the end… what happens?

Glenn Doman dedicates the whole chapter of his book to the letters from happy parents (download Chapter 9, What Parents Say ). Although, not every parent arrives to a happy ending: this program requires consistency, this program requires dedication, it isn’t as simple as slogan “90 seconds a day” appears to be. Therefore the results wary. Some kids (and parents!) turn out to be more receptive to this approach, some switch to phonics and other tried-and-true ways to learn to read. And I believe there is nothing wrong with them either. Moreover, I believe those kids managed to benefit from whatever method, or whatever system being used, for whatever amount of time it was presented to them, as long as it is tought joyously.

You still don’t believe it is possible to teach children to read at such early age? Or you just need plain encouragement? Here you go: some videos of toddlers reading. Isn’t it increadible?!

Baby reading video example 1
Baby reading video example 2
Baby reading video example 3
Baby reading video example 4

Below you would find (and I hope – share!) your own take on the method: how is it going? How long do you do it, how often and what results did you get?

With my own son… we have good days and bad days. Some days my son unexpectedly surprises me and my spirit flies up through the roof and on some days, my reserved boy acts absolutely discouragingly. Since there is no testing, I can’t tell for sure how much he actually knows. He was able to identify inidual words that I was hanging for him on the fridge when he was just 10 moths old and he can point to the right words from time to time in the home-made books that I spend so much time creating. Somedays he seems completely oblivious to everything and says “Done!” even before I fish out the cards ouf our card-bag. And somedays he is begging for more… go figure! But we keep going, keep having fun, keep learning and I hope that soon I’ll be able to update this article with much more encouraging results!

And here is an amazing account of Thierry Vivet baby’s progress, that she recently shared:

“I am still amazed my 16 month old can read! He really enjoys reading the words in his little book. He just giggles and giggles after he reads the words. You are welcome to share the news about my 16 month old reading. I am trying to catch him reading on video.

My older son read his first word at 18 months. We were at the Botanical Garden and he enjoyed touching all the signs on the plants. The signs are close to the ground and easy for him to reach. It was so sweet to watch him touch all the words. One day while we were videoing him touching the signs, he read the word Lily. I put the camera down and walked over to him to see what was on the sign. The sign read “Plantain Lily.” We were speechless. We never even saw the sign before he read it. I wonder if he remembered the word Lily from the Leap Frog Phonics DVD. We never presented phonics to him. We just let him watch the DVD. Lily is the name of Leap’s sister on the DVD.

When our older son read his first word, we thought it was totally normal. We had no idea what to expect. Last year I found out about Glenn Doman and IAHP. IAHP has made my life so much easier. I invested a lot of time teaching my older son. We made countless visits to the teachers store to find interesting things for our play time. I knew he enjoyed learning but I just did not have a clue how to teach him. As a result, we did so many things similar to IAHP through trial and error. I attended an IAHP class last year. Now, I understand so much more about child brain development! With my 16 month old, I have great teaching tools and a plan to teach him. With my older son, I was guessing everyday what I should do with him. Life is more enjoyable and peaceful now that we have a great plan with IAHP. My older son really enjoyed flashcards. I purchased several thousand cards for him from Trend. I thought I was just teaching him the verbal words to go with the pictures. I learned from a music teacher that I should give him a large vocabulary by telling him the words of as many things as possible. We used flashcards to learn verbal words. I had no idea he was actually associating the written words with the pictures on the flashcards. Today, my older son is 4 years 3 months. He enjoys reading everything! He enjoys learning new words and spelling. For him, words are a very fun game to play everyday. I cannot tell you how much IAHP has helped me understand and appreciate how little children learn. “

Read more testimonials and feel free to share your own ones in the comments below!

  1. I also wanted to share some exciting news as well. My son is now 3 years and 22 months (almost 4). I showed him Dr. Titzer’s video starting at 2 1/2 months, I made my own videos, my own cards, my own books when he was a baby. I showed him mass amounts of materials and he loved it. He couldn’t get enough. Then he turned two and he lost interest in his homemade books. He still loved to hear stories read to him though. He could read hundreds if not thousands of words but we never progressed to read books and sentences. I had another baby and felt like I haven’t had the time to dedicate to him fully.

    Well the exciting part is that we slowly started to read a sentence at a time in a book. He read an entire Little Bear book to me. Not smoothly and with me pointing at every word, but I was encouraged. Well he has suddenly taken off. The other day we went to the library and got some Junie B. Jones books for my older children. He wanted me to read to him but I was watching a movie and refused. Well the little stinker picked up the book and read three pages to himself while I tried not to notice. I am really impressed. He reads Maisy books from cover to cover now. His reading is really taking off and I just wanted to share this in case anyone else was getting discouraged too. I know if we keep practicing he will be reading very fluently and smoothly.

  2. My son started on Institutes Better Baby program in 1985 -he was 12 months old. Read back to me for the first time at 14 months old – something he hadn’t been taught – he had just learned visual language at that point and figured it out.

    I also had a Montessori school and he had 2 weeks of sandpaper letters after he had seen 1000 sight words and intuited the rest of phonics – his reading became automatized at 24 months old.

    He was reading at college level at 7 y/o. He can read faster and better than anyone I’ve ever seen with perfect comprehension – 800 on SAT verbal. “5? on AP English test.

    Completed degree in chemistry and math at 20. Working on his PhD in chemistry now – should have it by the time he is 25.

    The human brain is designed by God to learn language – especially in the first 2 years of life. Doesn’t matter whether it is auditory, visual, sign, etc.

    Be blessed.

  3. I am the mother of twin 2 year old girls. I purchased “Increase your baby’s intelligence” a couple of months before their birth, so I was well prepared to start the program soon after birth. The book did not specify when a good time to start teaching reading would be, but just that the baby can’t see well enough to start at birth. People might think I’m crazy, but I decided to start early and teach them to read Braille. (This is similar to teaching a baby sign language before speech, just to get the communication development going.)

    I massaged the girls twice everyday and during the first two weeks I used Doman’s method to teach them 20 worlds for the various parts of their bodies through touch. After that I started teaching them the corresponding Braille words, while continuing to expand their vocabulary, focusing on things you can hear, smell or feel, as these senses are better developed in new born babies. By 2 months they started signing their first words (I am EC-ing, and the “potty”-sign was one of their firsts) and around 6 months started saying their first words (“da” for Dad.) I always made sure they knew a word before I introduced the Braille word, so one happy day, just after they had turned 7 months old, one of the girls picked up a NEW Braille word, read it, made the sign for pig and said “vak” (“vark” is Afrikaans for pig and I was teaching them to read Braille in Afrikaans.) They had both previously signed or tried saying the Braille words that they knew but this was the first indication they really read Braille. I started the reading program with them around 3 months, and they quickly started reading written words too, by around 1 year old. Now at 2 years old, when we go to town and I give them the opportunity to pick something for themselves, they almost always pick a book.

    I’ll add that their speedy development is also due to me and my husband following Doman’s physical development program, the BabyPlus pre-birth program and other prenatal stimulation, and the Pratika program that we have been following since birth.

    We spend about 4 hours teaching the girls per day (but that includes the 10min breaks after every 30sec session) and the teachings are pread out through the day. I never spent more than 1 hour on reading per day.

  4. So, did Doman Reading work for us? My son started identifying words at 11 months. Then – long silent break on his side and a terrified anxious waiting on mine. At 2 1/2 he could read entire home-made books with sentences with familiar words in Russian and many words – in English. At 3 he could loudly read sentences with familiar words in English (really well, easily, like an adult); slowly and struggling – phonetical words in Russian. Around that time we introduced cards from A.P.P. Effect was instant: he could read any word in English, of any length, but only phonetically, so he was losing focus and losing parts of the words. A little trouble with SOME diphthongs: some of them he figured out by himself. Some still look confusing. Quite confused with long sounds (silent e up to this day is a little confusing, but I am not stressing it too much, since our primary focus is Russian), but could identify many words by sight (figured out “time”, “like”, “eight”, etc. by himself). Then the saddest thing happened: I relaxed, got busy with another baby and let his sentences/phrases presentations slide… and he immediately forgot ALL his sight words. In a few months they started floating back to the surface, completely magically and unexpectedly. Now, at 4 1/2 he loves level 1 books, but can read independently most of the simple books, like “Froggy”, “Sam I am”, other Dr. Seuss simple books. In Russian (after a significant struggle), he can read any book, of any length or size (not for long – we are reading our chapter books together – I read most of it, he reads a paragraph or two from every page). He still needs help keeping his focus, but that applies to all his activities. I have more about his latest progress here: Why Kids are Reading the Cards but Not the Books

  5. Well, in case you are wondering what will happen when your kid is 16 years old, read ahead.

    I’m the kid in this case, not the parent, and yesterday I had the most peculiar conversation with my mother. I asked her why wasn’t she concerned, like most parents would be, when I was utterly unable to fit in with the rest of the kids at elementary school. She said it was the most reasonable thing to expect — I didn’t know whether to take it as a compliment or her calling me a downright weirdo. And then she went on to explain the whole Doman Method, Leap Frog, reading at my first year, and all this things she tried out on me.

    I do remember those — the cards, the notebook with words, the games. And it might sound like I’m showing off, but right now, at age sixteen and a sophomore, I have a college reading and writing level, I am a fluent japanese and spanish speaker, I have always scored high on the PSAT (above 2000), and I have high ambitions and a love of learning. I’m unable to place enough emphasis on how that craving of knowledge has made me stand out, and it is what has allowed me to accomplish everything I have done so far.

    So, yeah, basically, just use all these things on your kids, they work out really well. In my own opinion, the thing that has helped me the most is reading. No one had to force me to read Plato or Machiavelli or Shakespeare, I just got excited whenever I saw their works and read them like there was no tomorrow. This was in elementary school, when I believe it is most important to just read and read and read and think. So if your kid isn’t in a very good school, like I wasn’t, don’t worry, it’s perfect. It means they have more time for reading and thinking. Right now I’m in a college-prep high school that doesn’t give me time to write this (I should seriously get to work on my essays), and I’m seeing the BRIGHT results.