I have a very well respected friend in the education field and he maintains that most children will show signs of improvement from any programme of activities simply because of the extra attention they are getting. Most of the schemes are not rocket science and its quite possible to put together a programme to do at home that doesn't require alot of specialist equipment but it does require time & effoert from child & parent & that is not always easy!
This is very true. I do, however, agree with Dore on one thing, and that is, that most dyslexic children (including his own daughter), will already have had interventions (sometimes, many interventions) before the Dore programme, and have not shown improvement, despite the attention they received. They do, however, then show improvement on the Dore programme.
Interestingly, I recently took my DS to a specialist paediatric optician we have used for some time, and whom I trust. He has a strong interest in dyslexia. I asked him about the Dore programme, and he quite unequivocally said that it works. He also said that you do not need to use their particular programme, but that any that works on the cerebellum and integrates the vision side, will serve the same purpose. There, I guess, he disagrees with Dore, who says that each programme must be tailored to the needs of the individual.
I also asked the optician why, if Dore worked, there was so much negative publicity about him. He said, that in the scientific/academic community, you mustn't 'shout', and that Dore's clients had 'shouted' that the method worked. There does seem to be a good deal of closed minds and professional jealousy in such communities.
When the Dore programme was still available (before it went into administration) I filled in the questionnaire on their website from different email addresses giving different answer profiles each time. Even when I said "no' to all their diagnostic questions it was suggested that the child concerned would benefit from the programme, with some form of words along the lines of "even thought the child is not showing any signs of dyslexia now, who knows what might happen in the future) I paraphrase.
A money making organization only.
The Dore programme is still available; it's been resurrected, but I don't know the details of how. Looking at their chat forum, (the link provided by SSM), the changeover caused some problems and unhappy customers. I do have a sneaking sympathy that such a programme could perhaps be helpful to all children in their learning. But not to the tune of Â£2000, and especially if they are wrong that you need a tailored programme for each child.