New process may diagnose dyslexia in children earlier

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October 7, 2013, 9:59 am
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(NECN) – In some groundbreaking medical news, brain scans that may help diagnose dyslexia

What researchers at MIT and Boston Children's Hospital found could help dyslexic children before they pick up a book or begin to struggle in school.

Some early warning signs of dyslexia include delayed speech, problem with phonetics, trouble creating words that rhyme and family members with a history of dyslexia.

John Gabrieli is a professor of brain and cognitive sciences at MIT.

He was also the lead researcher of the brain study we discussed.

He joined us in the studio to talk about the results.

He said that identifying brain differences in children before school is a new process.

He said a process called diffusion tensor imaging is used, and it shows the fibers in the brain and how they link.

Gabrieli said kids who have language skills that put them at risk for dyslexia, even before they read, have smaller and less organized fibers.

Watch the attached video for more.

Tags: school, scan, brain, Dyslexia, learning, process, John Gabrieli
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