Dyslexia

Does ‘dyslexia’ disable teachers?

Different labels for difficulties with reading have been found to be associated with varying beliefs in how effective teachers believe they can be. That is the conclusion of research being presented by Dr Simon Gibbs from Newcastle University to the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Education and Child Psychology. In his […]

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Learning to talk is in the genes

Researchers have found evidence that genetic factors may contribute to the development of language during infancy. Scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol worked with colleagues around the world to discover a significant link between genetic changes near the ROBO2 gene and the number of words spoken […]

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Brain study shows dyslexia impacts mathematical processing

In the first known study of its kind, researchers have identified brain activity that links dyslexia to difficulty with math. The findings from the Georgetown University Medical Center study are published in the Nov. 1 issue of the journal NeuroImage, now online. People typically associate dyslexia with reading problems. However, those with dyslexia can also […]

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Dyslexic readers have disrupted network connections in the brain

A new study in Biological Psychiatry maps the circuitry of dyslexia Dyslexia, the most commonly diagnosed learning disability in the United States, is a neurological reading disability that occurs when the regions of the brain that process written language don’t function normally. The use of non-invasive functional neuroimaging tools has helped characterize how brain activity […]

Dyslexia

Disrupted network connections found in the dyslexic brain

Dyslexia, the most commonly diagnosed learning disability in the United States, is a neurological reading disability that occurs when the regions of the brain that process written language don’t function normally. The use of non-invasive functional neuroimaging tools has helped characterize how brain activity is disrupted in dyslexia. However, most prior work has focused on […]

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UK dyslexia charities should present a more balanced view about expensive lenses to improve reading

UK dyslexia charities should give a more balanced account of the evidence for coloured overlays and lenses in dyslexia say experts on thebmj.com today. Between 3-6% of children in the UK have substantial difficulties learning to read, a condition often referred to as “dyslexia.” They are at high risk of educational underachievement, explain consultant ophthalmologist […]

Dyslexia

Researcher gives new meaning to semantics in reading

For years a key way of diagnosing dyslexia has been how well a person reads aloud. Similarly, the reading skills of adult readers also have been assessed by having them read words aloud. “The idea is that the more you read in English, the more you will encounter words that don’t follow standard rules of […]