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Hope For Millions As Scientists Find New Cure For Dyslexia

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A new study found the revolutionary treatment transformed the reading and writing skills of children with dyslexia.They improved so much in national literacy tests they even beat classmates who had no learning difficulties.The non-drug treatment also dramatically improved the behaviour of dyslexic children who suffered from attention problems and hyperactivity.Many of them currently have their behaviour ‘controlled’ by drugs. But it appears that the exercises, originally designed for astronauts, could be far more effective – and without any chemical side-effects.One of the teachers in the study said the approach had such a massive impact on the children that it had ‘cured them of their learning and attention difficulties.’

The study shows:

  • Following the treatment, the children’s test scores showed they were no longer dyslexic
  • The more severe the dyslexia, the more the children gained from treatment
  • The beneficial effects persist more than a year
  • Before treatment the children were falling six months behind their classmates – afterwards they made 18 months improvement in 12 months – catching up with their peers.
  • National SATs results showed children treated for dyslexia did better than their classmates
  • Originally half the children had Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms, but this dropped to eight per cent after treatment

Prof Nicholson, an international authority on dyslexia, said ‘The treatment’s effect on those children with ADHD symptoms was particularly striking.’Before the intervention 12 of the children were diagnosed as ADHD. After the treatment only two had symptoms of ADHD and that position has remained one year after the course was finished.’The treatment is eliminating the inattention problems in the vast majority of children.’Trevor Davis, headteacher of the Balsall Common School, where the study took place, was delighted by the results.

Technology that was originally designed for astronauts, who suffer a form of temporary dyslexia in space, was used to develop the exercises.Dore’s methods work using individually prescribed eye, balance and sensory exercises designed to stimulate an area of the brain called the cerebellum – a tangerine sized organ at the back of the head that is now understood to be involved in learning new skills such as reading and controlling attention.Studies by Harvard Medical School, New York University and the University of California, have all confirmed the link between the cerebellum and learning and attention difficulties.But the new British research is the first long-term study to be published in a journal that has been reviewed by experts in the field.’We didn’t have time for any more argument. My daughter Susie attempted to take her own life while the so-called experts argued among themselves.’We focused on solving the problem rather than arguing about its existence.

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