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Reading and Reading Difficulties

23

Jul'15

Letter Reversals: Should I Worry or Not?

Letter reversals experienced by young children are often said to be “totally normal” until after age seven, and their parents are told “don’t worry” unless they continue past grade two. This appears to be accepted as fact, but it does raise questions...

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13

Mar'15

Is It b or d? Overcoming Letter Reversals

When learning to read, children may mistake certain letters for other similar ones, especially those that can be reversed or appear the same when seen in a mirror. The child may read “dog” as “bog” or look at the written word “was” and read it as “saw”.

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30

Jan'15

Harry Potter Reveals Secrects of the Brain

Carnegie Mellon University scientists used a chapter of the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone to identify what different regions of the brain are doing when people read. Researchers performed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of participants as they read the chapter.

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15

Jan'14

Poor Readers Face Learning Difficulties

The PIRLS 2006 study compared the reading abilities of children in 40 countries. South Africa came last, after Morocco. Only 13% of our Grade 4 learners reached the lowest benchmark compared to 94% of learners internationally; only 1% achieved the advanced benchmark, compared to 7% internationally.

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02

Oct'13

Boys More Likely to Have Problems Reading

Boys were two to three times more likely than girls to be affected by reading disabilities, according to a Mayo Clinic study of 5,718 children in Rochester, Minnesota.

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15

Mar'13

How Can We Stlil Raed Words Wehn Teh Lettres Are Jmbuled Up?

Researchers in the UK have taken an important step towards understanding how the human brain 'decodes' letters on a page to read a word. The work, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), will help psychologists unravel the subtle thinking mechanisms involved in reading, and could provide solutions for helping people who find it difficult to read.

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30

Jan'12

Building on Reading

When two Cape Town mothers, Kashiefa Gallie and Rebecca Felix, learned that their children had reading difficulties, they went into panic mode. Although they came from different parts of the city, Lansdowne and Crawford respectively, they knew that reading was a critical skill for children to master at the foundation phase.

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30

Nov'11

Brain’s ‘Visual Dictionary’ Enables Skilled Readers to Identify Words Faster

Skilled readers can recognize words at lightning fast speed when they read because the word has been placed in a sort of visual dictionary, say Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) neuroscientists. The visual dictionary idea rebuts the theory that our brain “sounds out” words each time we see them.

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