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Q: Is the DORE programme effective for people of all ages or just for children?

A: The DORE programme is effective for adults and children impacted by learning difficulties.

Q: Is there an ideal stage for people to begin the DORE programme?

A: Because the cerebellum isn’t fully developed until the age of 7, you must be at least 7 years old to begin the DORE programme.

Q: Are there any side effects or dangers associated with the DORE remediation?

A: There are no specific long-term effects or dangers of the programme. Clients may experience slight, brief balance disturbances during specific exercises for balance stimulation. Some clients may also experience short-term mood changes.

Q: How long does the programme take?

A: Although response time varies among clients, the programme typically lasts about 12 months. Exercises are performed twice a day for up to 10 minutes per session.

Q: Do I need a doctor referral to visit the DORE centre?

A: No, referral from a doctor is not required.

Q: Who prescribes the treatment?

A: A practitioner’s consultation is part of the first visit, where the client’s initial exercise programme is discussed. On follow-up visits, DORE specialists monitor and analyse the progress of the client, and review with them their next set of assigned exercises.

Q: Does the programme work equally well for AD/HD as for dyslexia?

A: Although there is some variation in the symptoms caused by each disorder, both conditions respond well to the treatment.

Q: Who conducts the testing? What are their qualifications?

A: The DORE testing is conducted by fully-trained specialists who are required to participate in a training programme, complete with examination and certification.

Q: Are DORE Centre methods safe?

A:Yes, there are no drugs used and the tests are neither invasive nor painful.

Q: Are the exercises the same for everyone?

A: No – they all are tailored according to the findings of the initial assessments and the progress made by each client during the programme. Cerebellar function is tested every 6 weeks to assess the areas which need to be stimulated and appropriate exercises are prescribed accordingly.

Q: If a child is creative will the DORE treatment affect this?

A: No – it seems that creativity is the product of a powerful thinking brain. The DORE therapy works on the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that links the thinking brain to the rest of the body. Individuals with good creativity improve their skills even more.

Q: What is the programme’s success rate?

A: More than 19,000 clients worldwide have enrolled on the DORE Programme in the past four years. A large percentage of these clients began the Programme in the Spring of 2002 after the DORE treatment received nationwide coverage on Trevor McDonald’s Tonight Programme in the UK. These clients have now completed the Programme. The results to date, both anecdotal and collected data, reflect a very high success rate.

Q: What kind of research has DORE conducted to prove that the treatment is successful?

A: Research includes studies conducted by the Exeter University and Sheffield University. Each study shows remarkable progress in reading, comprehension, writing, self esteem, social skills and coordination among children who completed the programme at DORE.

Q: What kind of results can a client expect after completion of the DORE programme?

A: While results may vary, many DORE clients no longer suffer from many of the symptoms they once experienced. For some, symptoms are completely eliminated. Research also indicates that clients continue to improve even after they have completed the programme. Students regularly report a higher level of achievement in school, and adults experience better work performance, organizational skills and confidence. Most clients also experience significant motor skill improvement, including writing, sports, balance and coordination.

Q: How is dyslexia related to the cerebellum?

A: The cerebellum is a highly complex area of the nervous system and is sometimes referred to as the “hindbrain”. It contains 50 percent of the brain’s nerve cells despite being 10 percent of the total size of the thinking brain. With its numerous connections to the cerebral cortex, the cerebellum appears to be strongly associated with integrating sensory data, including visual and auditory information and links to the language areas of the brain. Poor development or early damage to the cerebellum is shown to impair development of language and decoding skills necessary for the acquisition of reading and writing, but does not affect intelligence. Because dyslexia usually exists within the context of a normal or above normal IQ, the difference between skill level and intelligence helps identify the disorder.

Q: How does the exercise program stimulate the cerebellum?

A: By testing cerebellar function, DORE has found that those affected by learning disorders exhibit very poor use of auditory and/or visual balance systems, a condition we call Cerebellar Development Delay (CDD). Exercises incorporated in the DORE programme are simple to perform, but complex in their effect on the cerebellum. They stimulate the cerebellum to function more rapidly, and to enable the development of previously poor motor and cognitive skills. The exercise programme directly impacts motor skills, while cognitive skills slowly improve through the exercises’ stimulatory effects.

Q: What are some examples of the exercises and how does each of them affect the cerebellum?

A: DORE’s exercise combinations and sequences result from years of research and development, and are consistently updated to improve response. Each exercise is different and is combined with other exercises for varied effects. Example: The client sits on a large air-filled ball with feet off the ground, and bounces vertically up and down. Simultaneously, the client tosses a beanbag from one hand to another. All of the processes required to complete the exercise are influenced by the cerebellum, and as a result, builds cerebellar function.

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