Dyslexia :: Reading aid helps dyslexic children

Standard programs that help children with dyslexia read better seem to change the way their brains work, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday.

Scans of the brains of dyslexic children showed they started working more like the brains of children without the condition after just two weeks of extra training, a team at Cornell University in New York found.

The scans, called functional magnetic resonance imaging, show real-time brain function. FMRIs of 20 children with dyslexia, a reading and language disorder, showed increased brain activity in areas normally associated with processing written language, the researchers, led by Elise Temple, said.

The children spent eight weeks using a computer based aid called Fast ForWord Language.


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