Miracles take a little longer

science, commercialisation, cures and the Dore Program

Jennifer Stephenson, Kevin Wheldall

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In this article, the evidence regarding a proposed 'cure' for dyslexia and other, arguably related, conditions is examined critically. The origins and history of the Dore program and its progenitors, its introduction to Australia and its advertising claims are reviewed, with a focus on the claims made with regard to dyslexia, and particularly with regard to reading. The article compares the claims made about the program and the existing published research, considers whether the Dore program makes conceptual sense in the light of current scientific research and theory, evaluates the existing specific evidence adduced by its advocates as proof for the efficacy of the program, and compares the claims made by the program promoters with the scientific evidence available. It is concluded that none of the necessary desiderata to substantiate claims for a cure are met by the available scientific evidence for the efficacy of the Dore program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-82
Number of pages16
JournalAustralasian Journal of Special Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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