If you have a child with a Learning Disability or behavioural problem like ADHD, then you know how difficult schooling can be for them. These kids have average to above-average intelligence yet fall behind significantly in one or more areas of schoolwork. The self-esteem issues are huge. Many programs designed to help them just don't.
So it's obvious that if a program comes along purporting to "cure" your child of his/her LD, ADHD and more, then you take notice. You may be more than willing to part with vastly large sums of money in order to help your child. The Dore program has offered this opportunity and for many, it's worked. For other's it hasn't and it's really very expensive.
Four Corners, a documentary show consisting of very good journalism and a long history of being well-respected has recently presented a bunch of scientists, psychologists, teachers and LD specialists slamming the Dore program. See Dr John Rack, Dorothy Bishop amongst others.The claims largely revolve around the lack of decent, validated research to back up claims of "cure" for Learning Disabilities. That's a big NO NO in psychology. One must have good research data!
The owner of the program, Wynfred Dore, however is unphased by the outcry. He says he has enough anecdotal evidence, through satisfied clients, to confirm the success of his work.
So who's right? Well I think both of them are probably in charge of bits and pieces of fact. I don't think there is a right and wrong here. The Dore program will work wonders for some kids. It won't work for others.
But I do agree, the research needs a thorough doing over. And parents need to be made aware. The whole issue of LD, ADHD and other behavioural and learning difficulties is extremely stressful for parents and children. Things that work, even just for some, need more objective attention.