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Special Reading Training Helps Dyslexia

Improved Reading Skill Seen Soon After Intensive Instruction

Brain Patterns Similar continued...

International Dyslexia Association Executive Director J. Thomas Viall says new research has forced people to rethink their notion of neurologic development and the treatment of reading disorders.

"What we are beginning to understand is that the brain is incredibly adaptive," he tells WebMD. "In the case of dyslexia, where the brain is not well structured to perform the task of reading, we are finding that the brain develops alternative pathways to make reading possible."

Viall says early diagnosis and instruction are critical for children with dyslexia.

"Seventy-five percent of kids who leave third grade reading below their grade level struggle with reading their whole lives," he says. "Reading is the key to educational success, and educational success is the key to economic success. A child who leaves school with poor reading skills is, in most cases, doomed to a life of unemployment and underemployment."

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