Cognitive-behavioral research has revealed that there are early literacy skill deficits that represent red flags for dyslexia risk and can be measured at a preschool age. Altogether, this evidence points to dyslexia as a disorder that can be flagged by a pediatrician before school entry, during a period of heightened brain plasticity when interventions are more likely to be effective.
The most effective intervention is early, hopefully before the child reaches second grade. But, even before they enter school, they will exhibit some clues. They may have trouble learning to speak and doing such things as learning nursery rhymes as a result of memory and attention span difficulties. Kids with dyslexia also have difficulty recognizing letters and sounds, reading comprehension, and have poor spelling and letter recognition.
Dyslexia makes reading a struggle for millions of people, but the learning disability is rarely diagnosed before age seven. Now, a team of educators and scientists led by UConn professors has made a game-like app that could help teachers identify younger kids at risk
Crete is about to start using a great new system that monitors eye movements during silent reading tests to produce scores that distinguish typical and atypical readers and combines the expertise of ophthalmologists, pathologists, and social workers to develop personalized therapies.
Backed by 500,000 euros in government funding, a screening platform that identifies children with reading disorders is ready to be put to use in Crete. The program will first target 1,500 children who have shown signs of dyslexia before expanding to the rest of the island.
Work is being done on developing a new test that will give an earlier diagnosis so that students with dyslexia can get support they deserve also earlier. Cardiff Metropolitan University is carrying out trials using new technology to speed up diagnoses for dyslexia. This unique test takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and researchers are looking for more children with a diagnosis to come forward to try out a screening test.
We hear it so often, parents think their student has issues with reading or writing but they are not sure. Well take the guess work out of it and see the site from the dyslexia association in Ireland for a handy list.
In recent reading tests, 25 percent of Oklahoma students scored below basic level, or unsatisfactory, while 28 percent scored proficient. Those numbers were worse for kids with identified learning disabilities like dyslexia.
So now a task-force is compiling a resource handbook for parents and teachers.
Dyslexia is the leading cause of reading failure and school dropouts. Reading failure is the most commonly shared characteristic of juvenile justice offenders. One Texas study even showed that half of prisoners have dyslexia. About half of third graders in Colorado can’t read at grade level, and many are students with dyslexia.
Doctors from Indian Academy for Pediatrics (IAP) have come up with Tamilnadu Dyslexia Screening Tool (TSDS), aquestionnaire, which they claim could help diagnose three types of learning difficulties – dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia – among children within half-an-hour.