Cerebellar training is used often in a program called DORE. It consists of eye, balance and sensory exercises that are customized for each person. It is based on the concept that the connections in the brain between the cerebellum and the cerebrum are not working or are working slowly. The theory is that with exercise, the cerebellum will begin to work more efficiently. The program takes approximately 12 to 15 months for a person to complete.
The The Sunday Times-Britain ran an article on Cerebellar Training noting that several scientists on the board of directors for the journal Dyslexia resigned when the magazine published a study giving credibility to the program. The article explained the scientists did not believe the study should be listed as unbiased as the authors of the study had close ties to the DORE program. Furthermore, one of the authors of the study was paid by the DORE program to complete the study.
This type of treatment is listed as controversial by CHADD (Children and Adults with ADD). On their site it is listed as a treatment that is not backed by any published science.
Although this program does not seem to harm patients in any way, there would need to be additional testing and studies completed to determine if it might be an effective treatment for ADHD.
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Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.