Home > News > Genes & Dyslexia: A Simple Test to Identify Dyslexic Children is Less Than One Year Away (November 1, 2005)
Reading is a learned skill, not a natural skill that develops as we mature. However, the ease with which we can learn to read is governed by our biological make-up.
week, scientists presented research at the 55th
Annual Meeting of The American Society of Human Genetics about
genetic links associated with dyslexia. According to the news
release about this research:
Haiying Meng and Jeff Gruen, Yale University, also will describe a
reading disability locus on chromosome 6p22, located within the DCDC2
gene, which is preferentially expressed in brain regions known to
participate in the reading process. Drs. Bruce Pennington, University
of Denver, and Dr. Anthony Monaco, Wellcome Trust, Oxford, will present
information on dyslexia and the genetics of language and reading disorders,
The test involves a simple cheek swab. Pediatricians will be able to accurately identify children with dyslexia at birth. Appropriate early intervention can eliminate or lessen the severity of dyslexia before these children reach the age when formal reading instruction usually takes place.
Preventing Reading Difficulties and Reading Failure, Early Intervention and Prevention
Regardless of the child's "label," most children with disabilities have deficits in reading. Parents and teachers need to be knowledgeable about reading problems, appropriate interventions, and prevention. These publications and resources will help.
Reading Difficulties in Young Children by the Committee on the
Prevention of Reading Difficulties in Young Children, National Research
Council, published by the National Academies
can order this publication as a hardback book, a PDF book, or both.
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