Cassidy MacNamara is conducting a screening for dyslexia among students at a Bridgeport elementary school with the help of an animated toucan named Pip. She has introduced students to Pip the Toucan, the star of EarlyBird, an award-winning diagnostic application developed by neuroscientists at Boston Children’s Hospital to screen for signs of dyslexia. Pip is the application’s mascot and interacts with students to keep the process engaging.
This is a great list of common clues to recognize dyslexia in younger children. If you suspect your student may have dyslexia, early assessment and intervention is the most important thing you can do for your child! Photo from: Ascend Learning Center
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has chosen EarlyBird as an approved early literacy screening assessment. Developed and scientifically validated at Boston Children’s Hospital in partnership with faculty at the Florida Center for Reading Research, EarlyBird is a game-based screener that brings together all the relevant predictors of reading in one easy-to-administer assessment.
Research results show that brain regions in the reading network change more in first and second grade. Reading interventions such as speech therapy often start only in the third year, because there must be an ongoing problem. But by then, the reading grid will no longer be plastic. If you want to prevent further deficits, it is best to intervene when these brain areas are most likely to improve.
In further development of the reading regions on the left side of the brain, they no longer found any structural differences between dyslexic and non-dyslexic children. They develop similarly. But discrimination that already existed in preschool age is no longer compensated for without early intervention.