Neuroscientists Explore The Link Between Dyslexia And The Brain.

January 20, 2017

Dyslexia And The Brain

 

A review of the latest research on dyslexia hows that neuroscientists and researchers are making game-changing discoveries regarding the relationship between dyslexia and the brain.  Dr. Lori Bryan, who holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, conducted a review of 62 studies and papers on Dyslexia.  Here's what she says researchers are discovering.

 

DYSLEXIA IS LINKED TO DECREASED ACTIVITY IN SIX BRAIN REGIONS

For decades, popular theory has linked reading struggles to IQ.  "Not so," says Dr. Bryan.  She cites brain-imaging studies showing that poor readers-regardless of IQ scores-show reduced brain activity in six regions compared to average readers.

 

NEUROPLASTICITY CAN BE HARNESSED TO TREAT DYSLEXIA AND OTHER READING STRUGGLES

Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability ot change its structure and functionality in response to various kinds of stimuli.  According to Dr. Bryan, research on harnessing neuroplasticity to treat Dyslexia ha "exploded in recent years."  She says studies show that Dyslexic kids and adults have brain connectivity issues, and that the most effective brain training harnesses neuroplasticity to improve connectivity in those very regions.

 

THE MOST EFFECTIVE READING INTERVENTIONS ADDRESS MULTIPLE BRAIN REGIONS AND NETWORKS

Because reading requires interaction between multiple brain regions and neural networks, Dr. Bryan cites "mounting neuroscientific evidence" that treatment must gho bneyond phonetics and, instead address multiple brain skills, specifically auditory and visual systems, working memory, comprehension skills, and executive functioning.  She credits LearningRx for its comprehensive approach to the brain, reporting that the one-on-one brain training program has demonstrated success at strengthening the very brain skills that are weak in children and adults with Dyslexia and other reading struggles.  

 

Do you suspect your child has Dyslexia?  Do you want to know more about how to help your struggling reader?  Take a minute to visit www.indylearningrx.com and find out how to help your child.  If you have more questions, you can email me or call me at 317-845-1999.

 

 

 

                                                     Heather Koenig, RVT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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