* Changing the brain for good

Research continues to support the use of specialized instruction for rewiring the young dyslexic brain, changes which persist into adulthood.  A new study reported by the Dana Foundation found significant improvement in reading AND changes in the brains of 24 dyslexic children over an eight-week summer reading program.  The changes occurred not only in the brain’s language areas, but also areas which allow monitoring of sensation and movement.  The study used a Lindamood-Bell program, similar to one with which I also have positive experience.  The cool part is that changes occurred so quickly.

I have seen such rapid changes in reading performance with youngsters I’ve taught.  I’ve seen as much as three years reading growth in less than 10 months for some kiddos.  And in other cases, that growth occurred in three months!  I would identify developmental readiness, small group size, and administrative and regular classroom support for pull-out sessions as key factors to speedy improvement.

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