TODD by David Melton

TODD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Todd was born on February 20, 1957. When his mother first saw him she remarked on his small head. Early on he suffered from an inguinal hernia and convulsions. And the child who seemed slow in developing became even slower. Doctors reassured and spoke about parental fears, but the Meltons were certain something was wrong. ""In the quiet moments, when he snuggled in our arms, Nancy and I sensed that inside his thin, awkward frame there was a beautiful little boy longing to be freed."" The Meltons decided to try the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, and made the trek from Kansas City. There they found a staff headed by Glenn Doman, determined to make the brain damaged child well. David Melton briefs on the three-day evaluation, lecture, programming, describes the philosophy behind the patterning that is the basis of the. training. Back home, a strenuous push engaged forty neighbors, a home-bound teacher, the Meltons. Victory was theirs: Todd entered the regular second grade a little more than a year after starting the program, at the age of nine. Todd's story is also that of the Institute, still not officially recognized by the medical profession; his success indicates a consequent rise in interest and hope for other parents. Whether it makes a controversial approach also incontrovertible is open to question.

Pub Date: March 8th, 1967
Publisher: Prentice-Hall