Dr. George Goodheart, the developer of applied kinesiology, was recently
featured in the April 16th issue of TIME magazine as part of
a monthly installment, The Innovators. This series of
articles profiles 100 people with breakthrough ideas that are changing
our world, covering five people in certain categories each time. The
field of alternative and complementary medicine is booming with millions
of people now seeing practitioners who use the methods developed by
pioneers such as Drs. Jean-Pierre Barral, John Upledger, and of course
George Goodheart. With a base of over five million paid subscribers
and many more newsstand sales, we feel that Dr. Goodheart and kinesiologic
methods are receiving justified attention.
I would also like to thank the staff of the Institutes for the Achievement
of Human Potential for their cooperation in helping us put this issue
together. Glenn Doman, founder of the Institutes for the Achievement
of Human Potential, is best known to applied kinesiologists for his
collaboration with Delacato in developing the cross crawl. He has
been involved in bringing brain-injured children to wellness for a
half century and we are proud to honor him and the staff herein.
Others in the field of applied kinesiology are making great strides
in the treatment of kids with special needs. Two of these outstanding
clinicians are Drs. Michel Barras of Switzerland and Clive Lindley-Jones
of the United Kingdom. They too assist in the framework of this issue
centering on the theme of children.
AND THE INSTITUTES FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF HUMAN POTENTIAL
Interview with Glenn and Janet Doman
by Jerold I. Morantz, D.C., D.I.B.A.K.
The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential is a nonprofit
educational organization that serves brain-injured and well children
by introducing parents to the field of child brain development.
Parents learn how to enhance significantly the development of their
children physically, intellectually and socially in a joyous and
sensible way. Families learn how the brain grows and how to speed
that growth in their brain-injured child or enhance that growth
in their well child.
Glenn Doman is the founder of The Institutes for the Achievement
of Human Potential, to which parents from every continent have been
finding their way for more than a half of a century. He and The
Institutes are famous for their pioneering work with brain-injured
children and for their work in early development for well children.
In addition to dealing intimately with more than twenty thousand
families over the last fifty years, he has 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. Glenn Doman has lived with, studied, or worked
with children in more than one hundred nations, ranging from the
most civilized to the most primitive. He was distinguished for outstanding
heroism in action during World War II and was knighted by the Brazilian
government in 1966 for his services to the children of the world.
Mr. Doman is the principle lecturer for the many courses given by
The Institutes for the parents of well children and brain-injured
children. When he is not lecturing in Philadelphia or around the
world, he is nose-to-nose with parents and children, discovering
better ways to make hurt kids well and well kids more capable.
KINESIOLOGY AND EVALUATION OF CHILDREN
by Michel Barras, D.C.
Part 1: Neurological Disorganization
gait, neurological organization, neurological disorganization, applied
Insights on the bodys general neurological organization are
given together with the pathological changes that can occur. Based
on two studies, a distinction of two different types of neurological
disorganization is proposed; their different mechanisms and clinical
consequences are described together with a new corrective procedure.
Part 2: Objective Evaluation of the Effects of Neurological Disorganization
and Potential Subsequent Learning Disabilities and/or Dyslexia
learning disabilities, dyslexia, neurological organization, neurological
disorganization, applied kinesiology, chiropractic, psychometric evaluations
After a review of the basic neurological organization of the human
being and its potential disorganization, an original sequential method
measuring the different tools necessary for the learning process is
described. Results of a specific chiropractic treatment are shown
in the form of a before/after comparison. General use of this procedure
is recommended as a reliable monitoring device of treatments, even
if the complaint of the patient is in another field.
AK AND EVIDENCE
by Hans Garten, M.D., D.I.B.A.K.
In recent issues of The International Journal of Applied Kinesiology
and Kinesiologic Medicine (IJAKKM), a two-part-article (5,6)
on functional neurological assessment was published. Part 1 by Motyka
and Yanuck dealt primarily with applied kinesiology (AK) research
while Part 2 by Schmitt and Yanuck discussed neurological models
for AK phenomena in an effort to correlate clinical findings in
AK practice with known neurology, anatomy, physiology, and other
established parameters. This was carried out in order to promote
the acceptance and integration of AK in the context of the mainstream
scientific community. This corresponds to one goal of the journal
to become a peer-reviewed, indexed journal. Another objective
is to act as a mediator among those who practice kinesiologic medicine,
i.e. the various groups which have developed as a result of applied
The article by Ferreri (3,4), The Temporomandibular Joint:
A new paradigm, previewed by the author of this commentary
prior to its publication, represents an example of the aforementioned
intention. Those who read the article will carefully note that more
than once there is a statement that the described material represents
personal observations which have shown to hold true for the author.
As such, the article has been published in the section kinesiologic
medicine, which may be considered individual opinions and
METHOD PART 2
Research & Stages of Treatment
by Clive Lindley-Jones, B.Ed (Hons), D.O., D.I.B.A.K.
In a recent issue of this journal (1), practitioners were introduced
to The Sunflower Method via some personal reflections of my experiences
of first learning and then both using and teaching others to use
this applied kinesiology (AK) based approach to helping children
overcome learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyspraxia.
In this follow-up article, readers are brought up to date on the
progress and aims of the research the Sunflower Trust is jointly
funding with Surrey University in England and make more explicit
some of the methods used and the stages the treatment protocol involves.
Over the last few years, our focus has been on expanding the number
of practitioners who are trained to offer this work. This year it
has been on moving the research forward. The Sunflower Trust and
The Roehampton Institute, part of Surrey University, are jointly
funding Leona Bull of (2) the Faculty of Life Sciences to do her
Ph.D. evaluating the method. The Institute has a renowned reputation
for research in education and medical science.
Following a favourable article about the method published in the
London Times newspaper in October 2000, five hundred families
applied for places on the research programme. Seventy suitable families
were selected and the first cohort of children commenced treatment
in early 2001, while a carefully matched control group will be monitored
and compared to the treatment group. The control group themselves
will eventually receive the Sunflower Method treatment once the
first cohort has been completed and research findings will be published
when all the results are in.