dyslexic brains can learn 0 Replies

Here is an excerpt from a discussion by Sally Shaywitz, a researcher at the Yale School of Medicine and the author of “Overcoming Dyslexia.”

Functional imaging has been helpful in demonstrating that the neural systems for reading are malleable, and that the disruption in these systems in young struggling readers can be modified by an effective reading intervention (see below: Teaching Reading and Remediating Reading Difficulties). Compared to struggling readers who received other types of intervention, children who received an experimental intervention (which focused on evidence-based application of the alphabetic principle) not only improved their reading but, compared to pre-intervention brain imaging, demonstrated increased activation in the neural systems for reading. These data have important implications for public policy regarding teaching children to read: the provision of an evidence-based reading intervention at an early age improves reading and facilitates the development of those neural systems necessary for reading.


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