A new longitudinal study done by researchers in Italy at the University of Padua sheds new light on a possible way to prevent dyslexia.

The study, recently published in the journal Current Biology, followed 96 children between preschool and second grade. In preschool, the participants were tested on their ability to pick out specific symbols and patterns amid distractions, identify syllables, remember what they were told, and rapidly name colors. The reading skills of these students were then measured over the next two years.

Research Suggests New Approaches for Early Identification of Dyslexia

The study found that approximately 60% of the children who had had trouble picking out symbols and patterns (visual attention) before learning to read also had trouble reading later on. This research suggests that testing for visual attention in preschool students could identify children who are at risk for dyslexia. Treating these visual attention difficulties in young children before they learn to read could help them from developing reading difficulties down the road.

Research like this study has the possibility to make a tremendous impact on early identification of dyslexia.

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