that's why even Glenn Doman himself stresses that kids learn phonics, and that their brains are ready for phonemic decoding around 4-6 years old.
The program doesn't claim to replace phonemic reading, at all. Babies brains automatically turn everything they see into spoken words (ball, dog, cat...) and the Doman program just works on those same brain synapses (that are already happening anyways) to give them words (instead of just commercial logos like Wal Mart)
It's a good thing. Like I said before- the title is misleading and I would recommend everyone read the book before speaking out against it, just based on the title or what others have said.
I was very disappointed to see that in the book "Magic Trees of the Mind" the author spoke against Doman and clearly didn't even read the book, she just visited ONE Doman family and it was a bit ridiculous. The same thing happened with "Better Late than early" I think it was that book or another by the same author- that openly criticized Doman for being "developmentally inappropriate" and that isn't the case at all. Developmentally inappropriate would be teaching a baby how to decode phonics, that is just too far fetched for a baby to get. But showing them words, and saying the name of the word isn't developmentally inappropriate at all, it's perfect. I agree it wouldn't be fair to subject someone to a course of study that they're not ready for- but babies are born observers, and simply looking at words won't stress them out.
Some families- against the Doman design- will quiz their babies. Especially because the cover of the book has a baby pointing to her nose while Mom flashes the nose card. Some babies I think would protest, and there's really no need for it. It's not about feedback, it's just about giving them words. You wouldn't give someone a gift and demand they tell you how they're going to use it, would you? The first daughter I used Doman with would act out the action words, simply because jumping, spinning, and hugging are fun. Feedback, though, isn't the nature of the program. And several of the people who are "against" it say it's "too much stress" and "takes away the fun of discovery" for the kids. That isn't true. Just read the book, it's available at most libraries, and on Amazon for less than $5 for a used copy.