24 Jan '12, 5am

Brain scans spot early signs of dyslexia

CHICAGO (REUTERS) - Instead of waiting for a child to experience reading delays, scientists now say they can identify the reading problem even before children start school, long before they become labeled as poor students and begin to lose confidence in themselves. Although typically diagnosed during the second or third grade of school - around age 7 or 8 - a team from Children's Hospital Boston said they could see signs of the disease on brain scans in children as early as 4 and 5, a time when studies show children are best able to respond to interventions. 'We call it the dyslexia paradox,' said Nadine Gaab of the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Children's Hospital Boston, whose study was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Ms Gaab said most children are not diagnosed until third grade, but interventions work best in younger children, ...

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