Might brain imaging predict who will respond well to an intervention


“As it turns out, the brain is very malleable
to begin with to learning. That’s why our kids learn to read. When it comes to intervention, again, you’re
heightening the intensity of the instructions, and the brain does change following
intensive reading intervention. And, unfortunately, there are some children
with dyslexia who really even under the best of circumstances really have a very
hard time learning to read. But what we don’t quite know about yet is who
those kids are and what that means at the level of the brain, but that’s something
that’s being investigated, which is: who are the kids that respond well to interventions? And who are the kids that really don’t respond
that well and are harder to remediate? And the other thing that people are looking
at brain imaging for, from a research perspective, not as a way to use in any practical way,
but: what is it that the brain scan looks like before you begin the intervention when
you consider it in the context of the benefits that were reaped following the intervention? So is there something about the activity in
the brain that predicts who is going to do well, who is going to make the biggest gains
following the intervention? And the way you can think of that is sort
of a brain readiness. If there are certain structures that seem
to be active during reading and even more so if then the reading improves because of
the intervention, that tells us something about that brain structure and its role in
reading and reading disability.”

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