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October 30, 1967

Controversy Over "Patterning" as a Treatment for Brain Damage in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Handicapped Children's Unit, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, and the Department of Psychiatry, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia.

JAMA. 1967;202(5):385-388. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130180051007

Treatment methods for brain damage devised by the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia have received much publicity and have been introduced in parts of the United States and several foreign countries. Controversy continues as to the validity of the claimed results, the reasons for resistance to the acceptance of these claims, and the effects of other activities of the institutes, such as their advocacy of early teaching of reading. The validity of the objections and the claimed results cannot be established at present. It is concluded, however, that a major source of negative professional feeling has been the inappropriate publicity given to claims of results which have not been documented or supported in a scientific manner.