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Glenn Doman Gentle Revolution Program from The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential

It has come to my attention that some readers have found this blog through a search for the Glenn Doman Gentle Revolution program from The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential (IAHP). I feel a need to clarify a few things, but first… the grandmother story of how it all began.

Glenn Doman Gentle Revolution

Learning about the Glenn Doman Gentle Revolution

When G1 was 2 years old, a friend mentioned Glenn Doman in the passing during one of our conversations. At the same time, there was a lot of urging from relatives that I should be thinking about sending my son to school soon. Honestly, I thought 2 was a bit young to be thinking about school so I started looking into programs I could do with him at home.

Among the programs I looked at, the Glenn Doman Gentle Revolution was one that I used with the boys. Back then, there wasn’t much to be found about the program on the Internet. I pieced together my own program for G1 using bits of information I found from Doman’s books and from speaking to various individuals specifically and not so specifically about the Doman program. I confess it was a bit of a hack job because I didn’t understand a lot of things about the developing child’s brain. The biggest mistake I made was that I thought children learned much like we (adults) did. In fact, children learn at such phenomenal speeds that I was actually boring G1 with my slow repeats.

When G2 was born, I finally bought the Doman kits – reading, math and bits of intelligence. I received a little more guidance on using the program from the sales rep who sold the kit to me. They also ran seminars from time to time for parents. Unfortunately, I was never able to attend these seminars, as I was juggling a baby and a toddler who were tandem nursing, so I did the best that I could based on what I had learned.

It was in part my own frustration at the difficulty of finding early learning information on the internet that prompted me to begin chronicling my own early learning journey with my boys. I wrote a series of posts about Glenn Doman and the Gentle Revolution that you can find here (there could be more floating around, but I believe this is the meat of it):

I also wrote a little bit about our journey during the early days of implementing the program:

Glenn Doman Gentle Revolution

It must be emphasised that a lot of this was written a significant number of years ago. Much of it was also skewed to my own perspective and it is not intended to represent the IAHP in any way. As with any program, the Gentle Revolution has evolved over time and the program they offer today will contain differences to the one I was exposed to back when my boys were infants. While you may still get the gist of the program through my early writings, I urge you to find out more about the new program directly from the IAHP or through their updated publications. Local parents can contact the authorised Glenn Doman representatives in Malaysia – Glenn Doman Intellectual Program, or in Singapore – Glenn Doman Baby Program.

I wish you all the best in your early learning journey with your own children.

Glenn Doman Gentle Revolution

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of (a website on parenting, education, child development) and (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

2 thoughts on “Glenn Doman Gentle Revolution Program from The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential

  1. Should I start teaching my well son to read or math first?
    He is 3 years old. Should I use smaller letters than what they say in the book? And smaller flash cards?


    1. You can start with both. Although, I feel that Math is a lot harder to work with and ideally, you need to start them earlier than 3. I have used smaller letters and found it to be just as effective – I used words on an A4 sheet which is much smaller than the Doman recommendation. Also, I noticed my older child could recognise words off a menu at three years so font size did not deter him.


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