How has brain imaging contributed to an awareness of dyslexia


“I think where imaging has made another contribution
other than our understanding of the reading brain and the brains of people with Dyslexia
is that it’s heightened awareness. I think it’s often hard for people to accept
there may be a problem. And anybody I think, as a parent, when you
have a child who’s a struggling reader, you’re always doubting yourself. Are you just — maybe are you being impatient? Maybe you don’t know enough about it. And it’s hard to know. And I think sometimes people believe that
there’s no such thing as dyslexia. And again, it helps to know that it really
is a true phenomenon. And so I think it’s helped raised awareness. I think it’s helped raise understanding. And I certainly hope it’s helped those who
have dyslexia understand that their brain is different. It’s certainly something that we emphasize
when our children come to our studies. When they come out of the scanner, we have
them take a look at their brain, and it’s not unusual that a child will say, “So where’s
my parietal cortex? Where’s my visual word form area?” Because they have already tuned in to the
fact that their brain is different, and it’s not their fault, and everybody’s
brain is different. And their brain just isn’t all that well-designed
to allow them to learn to read as quickly as that of their friends.”

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