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Saturday, December 01, 2007



Thanks very much for your kind comments - I've been rather overwhelmed by the response to my post, it's the first time I've tried blogging, & just 'cos I got told that an email I'd scribbled in a few minutes needed a bigger audience. Usually the only people who read my work are underpaid postgrads, & now I've got nearly 800 hits for the sort of stuff I do all the time on my course!

Not too sure exactly what to do with the blog, but feel somewhat duty bound to continue with so many hits. Suggestions welcome.

I'm hoping to put more on SpLDs up in the next couple of weeks. I'm covering working memory at the moment, so hopefully will be able to give some explanations of what it means for SpLDs. Also hope to cover a few more examples of research into SpLD & ASD, both good & bad.

'The sad part is that rather than embrace this intervention the reading industry led by the phonological theorists have chosen to severely criticise and ridicule it through manipulation of information and hiding behind authoritative academic positioning.'

I went to an interesting lunchtime departmental talk a few weeks ago which may help to put this in context.
I suspect this refers to an occasion when a prominent 'phonological theorist', Prof Maggie Snowling, talked to the BBC about DORE, thinking she was just helping them out with a bit of background context. The BBC broadcast her remarks, whereupon she had lawyers from DORE turning up at her home address with angry letters telling her to stop, & to make a statement about how wonderful DORE are. The university lawyers replied with a letter saying 'Prof Snowling is a Very Clever Professor, & as such has a moral, social, & professional duty to talk about dyslexia in public, so bog off & leave her alone'.
The legal bods then advised that in order to avoid being sued she should preface controversial statements with stuff like 'In my opinion as a Professor...'.
If there is a reading industry then I can't see much evidence that many people at York are making their fortunes from it. Come & look round the departmental car park - those who don't ride bicycles aren't exactly driving BMWs. The treatment is mostly free via state schools or the NHS, with worksheets of exercises for the cost of photocopying them.

DORE do a nice job of attempting to manipulate information & pretending to be academically respectable themselves. I just don't understand how anyone could possibly design such a bad study & think it could prove anything beyond 'Children improve skills over time'. Control groups & 'Fair Tests' are GCSE-level [age 16] science, & I'm ashamed that a Professor of Psychology at a good British University seems to have missed that altogether. I'd not expect to get away with designing my undergrad project like that.

Liz D.

Latest mendacious press release from Dore


U.S. researchers discover that the brains of children and teenagers with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are three years delayed compared with typically developing children.

"What I wouldn't take away from this study is: 'Just sit and wait three years and your kid will be OK. We know ADHD is a real problem for children, their families and schools, and it does need treatment,'" says Dr. Philip Shaw of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), lead author of the study.

Half of the U.S. children who meet diagnostic criteria for ADHD receive treatment. First line treatment often includes medication such as Ritalin, a stimulant intended to lower impulsiveness, hyperactivity and improve attention. Many parents avoid medicating their children due to concerns about adverse side effects. Those parents who choose medication often do so for a lack of better alternatives. Now, children and adults with ADHD, Dyslexia and Asperger's in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angles and Phoenix have a medication-free alternative treatment.

Wynford Dore, successful British businessman and founder of the Dore Program, a clinically proven alternative treatment for ADHD, dyslexia, and Asperger's says, "At Dore, we develop the cerebellum, the root cause of the problem, rather than masking symptoms." The Dore Program uses individually tailored eye, balance, and sensory exercises performed at home 5-10 minutes twice daily with one center visit every six weeks. Today, the Dore Program helps more than 50,000 people worldwide.

Dr. Edward Hallowell, world renowned ADHD expert and author of Driven to Distraction states, "Wynford Dore and his research team have developed a ground-breaking new treatment for ADHD, dyslexia, and other conditions that derive entirely or in part from cerebellar dysfunction. I have followed the development of this work for three years now, and my own son and wife have benefited tremendously by going on the program. I am now convinced that this is the most exciting new treatment to appear since the advent of stimulant medication in 1937."

Gina Pera


Pretty prescient call on this one, given the massive bilking in Australia (not to mention all the small bilkings for offering a bogus therapy to desperate parents). Mendacious indeed.


Gina Pera

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