Dyslexia May Be Visible in Childrens’ Brain Scans

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Success in learning often begins with success in reading. If parents and teachers are late discovering reading issues, it can be a struggle to get young children on track in school.

Now, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say that they may be able to detect learning disabilities like dyslexia earlier than ever. They tested 40 kindergarteners to see how they performed on a phonetic test -- one of the key building blocks of reading. Some of the students did well, while others performed poorly.

When researchers scanned the brains of the children, they found that the poor performers had differences in an area of the brain involved with processing language and speech.

While the findings are still preliminary, they may assist pediatricians in identifying the children who may need extra assistance in school so that they will not be at a disadvantage when it comes to school.

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