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Finding an anwser to the prolbems of dyslexia

Wynford Dore is a man of action who claims he has a ‘miracle cure’ for dyslexia. His new book lauds the treatment that is offered at 30 clinics worldwide

By Jules Quartly  /  STAFF REPORTER

Dyslexia -- The Miracle Cure

By Wynford Dore, with David Brookes
275 pages
John Blake Publishing
The book has been translated

Spin around in a circle 10 times, then do it in reverse and sit on a big medicine ball. Is this difficult? Feeling sick? If the answers are yes it could be that your cerebellum isn't functioning as it should and as a result you may have problems reading this sentence.

The connection between a part of the brain thought to be primarily responsible for motor control and language processing is not a new one, but businessman Wynford Dore has made the most of it with the establishment of over 30 clinics around the world, including Taiwan, that treat dyslexia, dyspraxia, Asperger's syndrome and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Dore's book, Dyslexia — The Miracle Cure, is a reasonably straightforward account of those suffering from these problems, why they have them and what can be done about it. It is far from being an academic research paper, however, as there are also sections on the author's conversion to the cause of remedial educational and glowing testimonials from sports and show business personalities about the efficacy of Dore's patented treatments.

If we are to believe what Dore says, many of the world's problems can be cleared up by performing two sets of 10-minute exercises a day, like taichi-lite. Not only do children and adults with learning difficulties benefit, but also criminals remarkably become musicians, pass exams without revision and swear off crime forever. Social offenders become model citizens, even drug addicts can be saved.

Dore sensibly starts at the beginning. He says he did not do well at school but nevertheless made a fortune in flame-retardant paint and was looking forward to early retirement on his yacht in Spain. This idyll was shattered by the attempted suicide of his daughter, who was depressed because of learning difficulties. As a result he applied his formidable energy, assets and business methods to a solution.

The book, co-written with David Brookes, then sketches Dore's journey in search of a holy grail for the educationally challenged. To cut the story short, Dore's conclusion is "all learning difficulties are the result of the same neurological problem in the brain — caused by a delay in the development of the cerebellum," which he calls Cerebellar Developmental Delay (CDD).

He then develops a non-drug based "cure" for CDD with various professors and doctors. This involves testing the subject on a range of machines and computer programs to create a personalized training regime. Examples of the exercises include throwing a beanbag from hand to hand; hopping on one leg in a circle on one leg; and sitting upright on a chair, turning the head from side to side, while focusing on a chosen point. Progress is monitored every six weeks and the program takes around one year to 18 months to complete.

Dore claims a success rate as high as 90 percent, says there is 500 percent progress in comprehension, 300 percent reading progress, as well as benefits to the subject's social skills and self-confidence. He also insists the effects are long term. A miracle? At some point the relentless optimism is reminiscent of a fundamentalist convert, as Dore touts his method as a panacea for the world's ills. He is an unabashed salesman and preacher. His detractors add that he is actually a huckster selling snake oil and the evidence he provides is pseudo-scientific.

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