When you were (or still are) in school was there ever a concept that seemed impossible to grasp? Regardless of the effort you exerted it never seemed to come together for you. This is the case for the 10% of American children diagnosed with dyslexia… despite their best efforts they frequently find themselves struggling to grasp how to read. Many of these children are bullied, mocked, and entered into special education classrooms; leaving them surrounded by information that often tells them that their mind is somehow inferior to their peers. All of this because of a notion that is entirely false.

It has already been discovered that dyslexics often have above average intelligence when tested verbally, however new research has confirmed that reading difficulties are completely independent of other cognitive abilities. MIT Professor John D.E. Gabrieli and colleagues from the Stanford University of Medicine conducted a study and have “found that children who are poor readers have the same brain difficulty in processing the sounds of language whether they have a high or low IQ.”

How did they discover this? By using a brain-imaging technology (fMRI) the researchers traced the brain activity in the six key regions activated during the reading process in typical readers with typical IQ’s, poor readers with typical IQ’s, and poor readers with low IQ’s, and they found that regardless of IQ the poor readers had nearly identical brain activity.  Gabrieli noted “the brain patterns could not have been more similar, whether the child had a high or low IQ.”

Also regardless of IQ, are interventions that can help remediate the reading problems dyslexics face. Click here to watch dyslexia specialist, Shantell Berrett, discussing the best interventions for dyslexics! ›