Dore / DDAT‘s treatment for dyslexia and ADHD focuses heavily on balance training. In order to monitor how well the treatment is going they use a Posture graph like the one shown here. Your balance is checked every time you attend a Dore centre, normally every six weeks. Detailed below are my results for my visits and an explanation of what they mean.
There are six tests as part of the assessment:
- Eyes Open
- Eyes Closed
- Eyes Open + Screen Moves (this confuses the eyes)
- Eyes Open + Platform moves (this makes the feet unstable)
- Eyes Closed + Platform Moves
- Eyes Open + Platform and Screen Moves.
The Equilibrium Score (left hand side), shows my six test scores as the green bars. The pink area represents what constitutes below average ability. The black rods at the end of the green bars show the spread of results for that test. The higher the scores and smaller the spread the better.
The Strategy Analysis (top right) shows what I was moving to keep balance, hip at the top and ankle at the bottom. The various coloured dots mark my results with each colour representing one test (i.e. the same tests indicated by the green bars on the Equilibrium Score). The ideal is a straight line of dots equidistant between the hip and ankle. This indicates that the subject is using both joints to maintain balance. In those results I favour moving the hips on the easier tests and shift towards the ankle on the harder tests.
The Centre of Gravity (COG) Alignment (middle right) measures how well my weight was distributed during the tests. Again the different coloured dots represents the different tests. The ideal is a small, tight cluster of marks dead centre of the white box. This would indicate that my centre of gravity didn’t move much, i.e. I was balanced.
I forget exactly how the Sensory Analysis is calculated. I think its extracted statistically from the other results (but don’t quote me on that). It gives a indication of how the subject is maintaining their balance, e.g. using visual or vestibular systems. Again green bars indicate my score, the pink areas indicate the level of score that would be below average. The four categories are Somatosensory (proprioception / touch), Visual, Vestibular (inner ear) and Composite (an average I think).
Below is the full range of reports I can find but I seem to be missing two or three including my very first set of results. So the report dated 26/11/2002 is after 6 weeks of treatment. If you compare it with the last one you will see a significant improvement in in tests 5 & 6 on the Equilibrium Scores and notable closer to the ideal on Strategy Analysis and COG Alignment.
For more on balance have a look at Dizziness and Balance.com