A research recently published in the journal Current Biology has uncovered that a child may develop signs of dyslexia even before his ability to read. It is being said by a team of researchers that the disease cannot only be considered as a reading disorder.
The team from the University of Padova revealed, after a deep research into the problem, that dyslexia also affects a child’s comprehension as well as visual understanding of symbols and patterns. It is a disorder that causes reading and writing difficulties in its patient.
A data has revealed that the condition affects many in the US as well as is estimated to affect a further 15% of the total population in near future. Discovering that it affects beyond causing reading disabilities, the team is highly concerned and is thus urging a change in the currently available treatment for the disorder.
The study was conducted on almost 100 Italian children, who were between kindergarten and second grade for about three years. It was then found by the team that those who were having difficulty in identifying certain symbols within patterns, faced difficulties in reading in their later life.
It was also noticed by the team that such information was tough to be identified by them unless written words got translated in their corresponding speech sound. Thus, the team recommends that a change should be brought in treatment strategies and these should include observing visual information.
“The possibility to dramatically reduce the reading disorder would have a great impact in improving the children's quality of life and in decreasing governmental costs”, said study co-author Andrea Facoetti, who is an assistant professor of psychology.
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