Mathews M O, Thomasa E, Yeunga A: Rebuttal paper to ‘Sunflower Therapy for children with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia): A randomised, controlled trial’.
Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 15(1): 44-46, 2009.
Abstract: This paper is a response by the Sunflower Therapy to Leona Bull's paper entitled, Sunflower therapy for children with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia): a randomised, controlled trial, published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (2007) 13, pp. 15–24.
In her paper, Bull outlined the findings of her research study into the clinical and perceived effectiveness of the Sunflower Therapy in the treatment of childhood dyslexia. According to the results of test scores gained over a mean duration of 15.73 weeks, Bull found there to be no statistically significant improvements in cognitive or literacy test performance associated with the Sunflower treatment.
The aim of the present rebuttal paper is to challenge Bull's study on the following grounds: firstly, that in her paper, she failed to acknowledge particular aspects of the treatment fundamental to the therapy; secondly, that her conducting of particular tests was flawed; finally, that her paper omitted to take account of existing research studies verifying that dyslexic children do, indeed, suffer from a range of structural, biochemical and psychological imbalances.