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  • Brain Imaging Predicts Future Reading Progress In Children With Dyslexia
    Brain scans of adolescents with dyslexia can be used to predict the future improvement of their reading skills with an accuracy rate of up to 90 percent, new research indicates. Advanced analyses of the brain activity images are significantly more accurate in driving predictions than standardized reading tests or any other measures of children's behavior...

  • Neuroimaging Helps To Predict Which Dyslexics Will Learn To Read
    Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have used sophisticated brain imaging to predict with 90 percent accuracy which teenagers with dyslexia would improve their reading skills over time...

  • Elsevier Enables Its E-Books To Read Aloud, Increasing Access For People With Print Disabilities
    Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and solutions, has announced that it has enabled the text-to-speech option on all of its ePub book titles. The text-to-speech function enables an e-book to read aloud...

  • Widening Our Perceptions Of Reading And Writing Difficulties
    Learning to read and write are complex processes, which can be disrupted in various ways, leading to disorders known as dyslexia and dysgraphia. Two new studies, published in a recent special issue of Elsevier's Cortex (see link below) provide evidence of this variety, suggesting that effective treatment needs to take it into account...

  • Common Genetic Influences For ADHD And Reading Disability
    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and developmental reading disability (RD) are complex childhood disorders that frequently occur together; if a child is experiencing trouble with reading, symptoms of ADHD are often also present. However, the reason for this correlation remains unknown...

  • Gene Discovery Supports Link Between Handedness And Language-Related Disorders
    Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, have identified a genetic variant which influences whether a person with dyslexia is more skilled with either the left or right hand. The finding identifies a novel gene for handedness and provides the first genetic evidence to support a much speculated link between handedness and a language-related disorder...

  • Educational Psychologist Believes Children Should Be Tested For Dyslexia Earlier
    A leading child psychologist believes new tests for dyslexia could help diagnose children from a much earlier age than before. Doctor Peter Gardner, Chartered Educational Psychologist and Founder Director of Appleford School in Shrewton, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, says the tests could help children and their parents feel more comfortable about overcoming difficulties with reading...

  • Less Pain For Learning Gain
    Scientists long have recognized that many perceptual skills important for language comprehension and reading can be enhanced through practice. Now research from Northwestern University suggests a new way of training that could reduce by at least half the effort previously thought necessary to make learning gains...

  • Perceptual Learning In Healthy Adults Boosted By Alzheimer's Drug
    Research on a drug commonly prescribed to Alzheimer's disease patients is helping neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, better understand perceptual learning in healthy adults. In a new study, to be published online Thursday, Sept...

  • Emory Study Shows Babies Grasp Number, Space And Time Concepts
    Even before they learn to speak, babies are organizing information about numbers, space and time in more complex ways than previously realized, a study led by Emory University psychologist Stella Lourenco finds. "We've shown that 9-month-olds are sensitive to 'more than' or 'less than' relations across the number, size and duration of objects...

  • Babies Born At 37 To 39 Weeks Have Higher Risk Of Autism And Special Educational Needs
    After analyzing the birth history of over 400,000 schoolchildren, Scottish researchers found that the risk of autism and/or special educational needs (SEN) were 1.16 times greater for babies born at 37 to 39 weeks of gestation, compared to those born at the full 40 weeks. This finding has important implications for the timing of elective Cesarean deliveries...

  • Newborn Infants Learn While Asleep; Study May Lead To Later Disability Tests
    Sleeping newborns are better learners than thought, says a University of Florida researcher about a study that is the first of its type. The study could lead to identifying those at risk for developmental disorders such as autism and dyslexia...

  • Differences In Language Circuits In The Brain Linked To Dyslexia
    Children with dyslexia often struggle with reading, writing, and spelling, despite getting an appropriate education and demonstrating intellectual ability in other areas. New neurological research has found that these children's difficulties with written language may be linked to structural differences within an important information highway in the brain known to play a role in oral language...

  • Research Confirms That Motor And Cognitive Skills Are Improved By Hand-Clapping Songs
    A researcher at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) conducted the first study of hand-clapping songs, revealing a direct link between those activities and the development of important skills in children and young adults, including university students...

  • What Is Dyslexia? What Causes Dyslexia?
    Dyslexia is a specific reading disability due to a defect in the brain's processing of graphic symbols. Dyslexia is a learning disability that alters the way the brain processes written material. Two commonly held beliefs about dyslexia are that children with it are prone to seeing letters or words backward, and that the problem is linked to intelligence. Both beliefs are incorrect...


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