Researchers Find Biological Marker for Dyslexia

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Researchers Find Biological Marker for Dyslexia
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Tue, 02-26-2013 - 4:53pm

I thought this was a very interesting article.  Researchers found that the way your brain processes sounds correlates with your reading abilities, which in turn could explain dyslexia.  If there are problems with the way the nervous system processes the connections, it could cause inconsitencies:

The brains of the more adept readers encoded the sounds, or processed the speech into brain waves, in a more consistent way than those who struggled to read. The latter group tended to show more erratic and fluctuating patterns, which understandably meant that their brains were less able to consistently connect sounds with words. That in turn could interfere with their ability to read, since reading in part involves a virtual hearing of printed language.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/02/20/researchers-find-a-biological-marker-for-dyslexia-in-kids/#ixzz2M2nAGNJK

They believe that this research will allow them to identify children who are likely to develop reading disorders at an earlier age. 

What do you think of the research? 

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Fri, 03-08-2013 - 2:50pm

I totally agree that it will be up to the parents to advocate for more testing if they do believe there child has a delay.   Reading to your child and working on speech is so important to your child's development.  

I don't think you are being a downer at all, you made some very good points.  

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Wed, 03-06-2013 - 3:36pm

This is very interesting!  The device the children are wearing in the classroom is an FM system.  Although this is promising research, and clearly shows how much hearing plays a role in our development as a whole and that early intervention is key to minimising delays, this research is based on MRI findings, and I don't think every pedeatrician is going to request one to make sure there is no delay present in their patients.  The key here is being an attentive parent and watching for early signs of struggles.  A parent's gut feeling that there is something wrong will make a pediatrican request certain tests, but until you can come up with constructive examples for the possibility of a delay, we are no further ahead in helping these children.  Read to your kids at an early age, and get them involved in the process.  Make sure your child sees your mouth when you want them to learn a new word and be within a 3 ft radius and low background noise so that they HEAR  and see the word produced on your lips
I'm not trying to be a downer here, sorry!

Maria

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