Now You See It, Now You Don’t: Visual Processing Delays and Dyslexia
Dyslexia is a cognitive disorder characterized by reading difficulties, and can include symptoms such as delayed speech acquisition and problems with learning to read and write. While most children diagnosed with dyslexia can overcome the challenges with appropriate intervention, practitioners disagree about which treatment options are most effective. The connection between visual processing and dyslexia has been hotly debated for decades and now new research confirms a correlation.
According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, children diagnosed with dyslexia were slower to respond to the visual stimuli presented in the research experiment. Scientists asked 100 children between the ages of six and 14 to work on a visual processing task while being monitored via a painless, non-invasive electrical encephalogram (EEG). The EEG data confirmed delayed brain responsiveness to the visual stimulus in the kids with dyslexia as compared to their neuro-typical counterparts.
In an interview with the author, Dr. Cathy Manning, Science Daily reported:
“Future research will be needed to see if these differences in visual processing and decision-making can be trained in order to improve reading ability in affected children, or provide clues as to the causes of dyslexia.”
Terissa Michele Miller, MS Psy
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