Weekly Roundup: Dyslexia

This week we focus on a new major discovery about learning difficulties and present the upcoming events of this month.


Dyslexia: Major cause of learning difficulty may have been discovered by neuroscientists

The findings of the recent studies at the MIT confirm the already existing conclusions: in a case of a person affected by dyslexia or dyscalculia the functional specialisation of the frontal-parietal displacement does not take place or takes place at an irregular pace. Until recently, it was believed that the specialisation of this area of the brain, in this case, did not occur at all. In an article published by the Independent in late December 2016 Ian Johnson states that the brain of a person suffering from dyslexia differed in the capacity to recognise words and images that it repeatedly encountered. While the brain of a person with no difficulties would assimilate the words and images unconsciously, a person with difficulties usually shows a dysfunction of rapid neutral adaptation, meaning that every time the brain is confronted to written or pictorial information, it processes it as new, even if it had encountered it in the past. This leads to a slower ability to read and can impact the personal development. Although not all cases of dyslexia are caused by this dysfunction, Professor John Gabrieli from the MIT that many people suffering from dyslexia could benefit from this discovery. In the future it might be possible to treat dyslexia by adding plasticity and thus assimilation ability to the affected regions of the brain. Even though these techniques are for now at an experimental stage, there is hope for a future development.

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UK events January 2017

Dyslexia Action are holding information sessions about Dyslexia and literacy difficulties in Wilmslow and Liverpool this month. Specialists will be there to cover what dyslexia is, how it can affect children, young people and adults.

Dyslexia Action: Dyslexia Drop In Information Session – Wilmslow

19th Jan 2017 – 10:00 to 16:30

Dyslexia Action: Dyslexia Drop In Information Session – Liverpool

31st Jan 2017 – 10:00 to 16:30