Signs of Dyslexia Start Before Reading, Study Finds

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Signs of dyslexia may begin even before a child tries to read, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology.

Dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder that occurs when the brain does not properly recognize and process certain symbols, cannot just be considered a language problem anymore, as it affects comprehension and visual understanding of symbols and patterns, said Andrea Facoetti, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Padova and co-author of the study. It has been widely “accepted that reading disorders arise from a spoken language problem, [but] results demonstrate the critical role played by visual attention in learning to read.”

Dyslexia is is the most common cause of reading and writing difficulties in the U.S., and according to the National Institutes of Health, up to 15 percent of the population may have dyslexia.

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