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New tool detects reading problems early, allows for early intervention

A researcher studying the brain waves of children developed a way to detect reading problems before they become evident allowing for earlier interventions

Kids wearing EEG caps.

Kids wearing EEG caps.
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September 29, 2017

Reading disabilities affect millions of Americans and can have long-term effects from childhood into adulthood. Dyslexia alone affects 5 to 10 percent of the U.S. population.

An NSF-funded researcher has developed a tool that uses a child’s brain waves to predict reading problems before they start. This is important because interventions for children are effective, but they need to start early.

The researcher is now developing a diagnostic tool that can double or even triple the time window for implementing an intervention.

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Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences

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