Fascinating New Brain Research for Dyslexia in Babies
“We know many important pediatric disorders start to emerge early on, and some things, for example dyslexia, you might not pick up until they’re reading. But you know their brain has probably started to diverge from normal in some way early on.’’ – Dr. P.Ellen Grant; lead researcher at Children’s Hospital Boston
- Current research using MRI scans in babies are searching for signs of dyslexia in children even before they have difficulty with reading.
- In a group of 20 toddlers, children with a family history of dyslexia showed a difference in the size of the brain that is used for reading when compared to children with no history of dyslexia. This suggests that there are changes in the brain before children begin to read.
- This study hopes to find if children are born with dyslexia, or if it is developed within their first 2 years. Any findings could be an excellent diagnostic for early intervention.
- By the time most students with learning disabilities find out that they have a problem, they have gone through years of pain and frustration with school. Students with dyslexia can be taught to read and write using research based methods, but it takes years for them to overcome the shame and embarrassment that comes with being a struggling reader.