Tracking white matter development in the brain could spot dyslexia in kids

“A study published online in the journal Psychological Science revealed that white matter in the brain is crucial for development of reading skills in early childhood stage, suggesting the possibility of using it as a tool to detect learning disabilities like dyslexia.

For the study, researchers involved 38 kindergarteners and examined their brain with the help of scans as they were learning to read formally at school. The white matter development in these kids was tracked until their third grade. Left hemisphere white matter in the temporo-parietal region just behind and above the left ear – thought to be important for language, reading and speech – was highly predictive of reading acquisition, the researchers found.”

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