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Cane and Able: #17 Two Thousand Pounds

Discussion in 'BoM Blogs' started by 8people, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. 8people

    8people 8 is just another way of looking at infinite ★ SPS Account Holder Adored Veteran

    Apr 20, 2002
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    I found a programme online called 'Dore' it's for neurodiverse conditions (Aspergers, ADHD, Dyspraxia and Dyslexia) It's a series of excersizes to do to increase cerebellum activity. The 'Little Brain' is primarily involved in motor control and major cognitive functions (attention span, linguistic development, etc)

    The programme claimes to be less than £5 a day, yet in the FAQ the full cost is listed as £2,034 for six to eighteen months paid in installments or £1,925 if paid in one go at your initial assessment. You can also pay £455 to be assessed but not take part in the programme...

    But my main concern is if this is such an effective thing and all the people on the team are qualified medical professionals (Apart from the ICT guys) then why isn't this subsidised by the NHS? Estimates of Aspies, people with ADHD and other developmental difficulties vary greatly in states of employment. Most are left in undesireable occupations and underperforming due to their varied range of problems (Some medical professionals will even advocate preventing ND patients from working instead opting to send them into long term care.)

    After my initial diagnosis of Aspergers it was then a case of within the NHS "Right, lets show you how to behave normally" it was essentially a couple of years teaching you how to lie and look at people even if you didn't like it. Nothing about understanding how things were different to you, no indication of even how things were wrong with you medically - just they you were wrong and it was the burden upon society to teach you how to function at least like a teenager. You're on your own after that.

    In terms of the economy and from a societal point of view isn't it in the interest of the government of ensuring programmes like this are accessable and made available? They're determined enough to write off neurodiverse conditions as a problem for teachers only, as if the conditions magically disappear after you leave school. There should at least be something like this that empowers the person WITH the condition to take control of some aspects of it. Too often the alternatives provided are a case of denying there is a problem or making the child behave properly without regard for their emotional and mental wellbeing.
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