Auditory, Dyslexia, Science

Phonics and Dyslexic Adults

A study on a phonics based approach to teaching dyslexic adults has found that after 100+ hours of training the dyslexic brain can change. Whilst other studies have looked at phonics and the effect on the brain this is the first one to show that adult brains can also adapt.
The work was done by Lynn Flowers, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and her colleagues.
Our findings demonstrate that behavioral changes in tutored dyslexic adults are associated with (1) increased activity in those left-hemisphere regions engaged by normal readers and (2) compensatory activity in the right perisylvian cortex“.
Full Paper: Neural changes following remediation in adult developmental dyslexia [ PDF ]