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
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.
Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences