Four Corners - Behaviour Business, The
With the fierce debate over the prescription of amphetamine-like medication to children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, many parents are looking for drug-free alternatives. Enter Wynford Dore, the Welsh founder of the hugely successful Dore Program. The wealthy industrialist with no previous professional background in childhood development runs a global enterprise claiming a drug free solution for a range of behavioural and learning difficulties, including dyslexia and ADHD.
In Australia he's found his most lucrative market by focusing on the growing numbers diagnosed with ADHD. More than 10,000 Australians have signed up with his organisation since 2002. With 19 centres already running in Australia and plans for another 10 next year, charging up to $5000 per client, business is booming. Glowing testimonials delivered by delighted parents, exulting in their child's progress, back up Dore's claims of stunning success. One parent tells Four Corners the results achieved by her son are "a miracle".
But some critics are asking, beyond the ringing endorsements, where is the hard scientific evidence for Dore’s extraordinary claims? Reporter Matthew Carney investigates the scientific credibility of the Dore program. He examines the medical theories behind the drug-free program and meets several children as they start and finish their treatment.
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