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Wednesday, December 17, 2003



Yo i goto d dd d d ddd dat and me knwo ti gdoo . learn me alot d dat at. I learnded alfalabet
nd to how spell dat d . Feel free to contacts me on [email protected]


Wynford Dore = quack.

There is absolutely no evidence that mere exercises can stimulate the growth of connections in the cerebellum.

John Bedson

Free Exercises for Dyslexic Children
(It's An Open Dore!)

Terry Casey


I am determined to stop this man Wynford Dore, who I believe is not telling the truth.

My son and I have followd the DDAT program. We paid over £2000 each for the treatment.

I have completed the progam and a almost a year on I have noticed no change, i am still dyslexic.

My son followed the program for 2 years and eventually we felt it kinder to stop. After almost three years my son still reverses his numbers & letters.

I have asked for a refund, but keep on getting brushed off.

If you have a similar complaint and want to get your money back contact me [email protected]

Thanks for listening.


Patti Burns

My son has been on the dore program in Australia(we took a loan out)and my son hated it. Also his behaviour become worse. I think i will stop and think alot HARDER next time. It was a waste of time for me and my son, the tears from my son broke my heart. My son asked am i smart yet mum(what do you say). I would do anything for my son and they know that. I am going to ask for my $$$$$ back. I have only spoken to two people and now am waiting on some man to ring back.


Dear Ms. Burns, I am so sorry for your monetary loss and your son's unhappiness.

If you were addressing your son's dyslexia, you may wish to visit Barton Reading, and the related one,

Bright Solutions for Dyslexia.

Ms. Barton's reputation is excellent, and many parents have reported great success:

IDA's">">IDA's Discussion Board

A Happy Barton User


You may also want to look around the SchwabLearning site

SchwabLeaning Home

and the discussion board

Discussion Board Index

There are several Australians participating in the discussion board.

P Buddery

I was sniffing at the Dore method for info concerning autism, and I was run through a rather too-simple quiz which concluded that I had ADHD. I probably do, if my inability to tolerate boredom is any indication.

My point is this: the quiz was far too simple and lacking in rigour, and any information gleaned therefrom could not possibly be complete enough for any useful purpose. Further, the website was rather keen to enrol me in the exercise course.

Interestingly, it was concluded (or assumed) that I was a child with ADHD and a range of reading and writing difficulties, rather than a middle-aged engineer who has always been a keen reader and an effortless prose writer.

P Buddery

A Ashton


Tried to look up that site. It doesn't exist anymore. Any updates on this address?


ellen hickey

am 14 and I have completed ddat. I started when I was 12 and finished at 13. It changed my life; I had been bullied through all my school life and had no confidence what so ever. I believed that I was an idiot because I suffered from dyslexia and dyspraxia. By the age of 12 I still could not recite my times tables, I believed I had no hope in ever achieving anything in life. After doing some research my family came across ddat and we signed up. At first I thought there was no way it work. It seemed ridiculous that jumping about with bean bags and falling all over the place would do any good. Eventually I saw some difference and gradually cached up on my class mates until I was considered one of the most intelligent people in my class because I had the confidence to show my creativity and debating skills. I am now considered average at maths and spelling and excellent at literacy. My sports skills have also improved immensely and my art is some of the best in my year.


ADBatstone above said:
"Wynford Dore = quack.

There is absolutely no evidence that mere exercises can stimulate the growth of connections in the cerebellum."

From "A User's Guide to the Brain" by Harvard associate clinical professor of psychiatry:
(p369) " has been shown that it [simple exercise] can increase the number and density of blood vessels in areas that need them most: the motor cortex and cerebellum."

This is presumably due to the increased energy demands placed on these brain areas by the challenge of exercise.

Do a search on cerebellar plasticity and you'll find research that shows that the dendrites and synapses in the cerebellum are very plastic and are capable of being educated and even repaired/regenerated after being damaged or destroyed (although when Purkinje neurons are lost, they cannot be regrown. The number of dendrites they connect with, however, and the number of synapses can increase for a given purkinje neuron enabling it to pass more signals, and pass them more clearly):

"Every change we saw [in rats exposed to alcohol for a long period of time] was a reversible phenomenon. The brain [cerebellum] was repairing itself after alcohol damage." (from

Cerebellar plasticity, per se, is not new or controversial. According to the literature, Physical Therapists can rehabilitate the balance of geriatric patients a great deal (i.e. improve the performance of their cerebellums) with just 3 months on balance boards. Wynfred Dore is not a quack for telling people their balance and coordination can improve or even that their cerebellums can "mature."

What I would recommend, if you are interested for your child, is to simply observe how coordinated they are and how well they can balance. If they lag behind their peers in balance, coordination or reaction time, The Learning Breakthrough program can be bought for $325 and can greatly improve these aspects of the child's abilities. There is mounting circumstantial evidence that this might help improve at least some of the higher cognitive functions in a person who has gross motor deficiencies.

I am doing this program myself. After 5 weeks, I cannot believe how much it has improved my balance. I am optimistic that it has improved my focus and reading speed somewhat too (I am not dyslexic, btw, just a very slow reader for my IQ). But 5 weeks is too early to tell for certain.

My immature gait and balance have been problems for me my whole life. These minor improvements alone are worth $325 to me, and I still have a long way to go. By the end, I believe at least these aspects of my cerebellum will have been fully matured.

I wish someone would have done that for me when I was 7 years old.

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