Colin McEnroe Show: Dan Malloy, Dyslexia & Neuroscience
A look at reading disorders on the eve of Dan Malloy's inauguration.
Not long ago, we did a show about spelling, and a lot of the emails we got were about dyslexia.
Some of the listeners went as far as to suggest that it was almost unfair to do a show about spelling without taking into account the percentage of the population -- I've seen estimates running from five to 20 percent -- that has dyslexia.
Around the same time, we discovered some cutting edge research into the problem at Yale, and one of the researchers told us that recruiting subjects was sometimes a challenge because the people affected were unlikely to be reading materials about a study or a special program.
The final tie-in is tomorrow's swearing in of Dan Malloy, who has talked frankly in the past about his own struggle with dyslexia, a condition that went undiagnosed for most of his grade school years. Most of us take for granted the ability to read.
INFORMATION FROM THE EGLab @ Yale:
The EGLab at Yale University Child Study Center is looking for families to participate in a study looking at the genetic risk factors for Dyslexia (or Specific Reading Disability).
Researchers have shown that reading difficulty in children is partially the result of inherited genes. The purpose of our research is to find the genes that may cause a risk for early childhood reading disorders in hopes of identifying children much earlier. We need children from 2nd to 10th grade with severe reading difficulty. If you do not meet this criteria, please contact us anyway and we may be able to refer you to another research study. The process is very easy; each child who participates is tested over the phone using a mail-in packet. Then each available family member provides a biological sample with a saliva kit and all the materials are mailed back to the lab. Additional siblings are also invited to participate regardless of their reading ability. Each child is given $25 for completing the study.
If you are interested please contact us at (203) 785-4831 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For parents looking for more about diagnosis, remediation, or advocacy here are a few of the resources in Connecticut. There are several clinical groups in the state who are well equipped to diagnose reading related disorders, one of which is the Yale Academic Skills Clinic. It is important that children receive a thorough evaluation in order to choose the right classroom setting to remediate their challenges effectively. Additionally, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center and the Learning Disability Association of Connecticut Inc. are great resources for parents to understand their legal rights while working with school systems and can direct parents to other local resources in their communities. Lastly, a wonderful tool is Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, which is a privately funded federal program that provides free audiobooks (including textbooks) for children.