Does the DDAT programme provide a cure for dyslexia?

INPP is frequently asked, what are the differences between The INPP Method and The Dore (DDAT) Programme?

Information about the background to a number of programmes aimed at improving balance and coordination can be found at www.inpp.org.uk/publications. “Cerebellar theory should not be discounted in response to aggressive marketing strategy”. Research based on the use of The INPP Programme in Schools can be found at www.inpp.org.uk/research.Child Care in Practice. 2005. 11/4: 415-432.

The DDAT programme has been the subject of research recently published in Dyslexia Review. Autumn 2007.19/1: 3- 12 and Rack JP, Snowling MJ, Hulme C, Gibbs S, 2007. “No evidence that an exercise-based treament programme (DDAT) has specific benefits for children with reading diffculties”. Dyslexia: An International Journal of Research and Practice. 12/2:97-104.

INPP stresses that it does not claim that The INPP Method “cures” Dyslexia. The INPP Method aims to identify children for whom neuro-developmental factors are significant underlying factors in their presenting symptoms and to devise physical programmes of remediation aimed at the developmental problems of the individual. Neuro-developmental immaturity is a feature of many specific learning difficulties (dyslexia, developmental coordination disorder and under-achievement) but is not necessarily present in all cases. Most specific learning difficulties are multi-factorial and progress can only be expected in cases where remedial intervention is aimed at the needs of the child. Dyslexia for example often also involves problems with phonological decoding which requires investigation, intervention and teaching as a specific entity. A neuro-developmental programme can offer a solution to one aspect of a number of specific learning difficulties and research has indicated improvements not only in measures of neuro-developmental status but also non-verbal cognitive performance and improved reading in poor readers who also had neuro-developmental delay. It does claim to be a “cure all”.

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