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Brain Connection
This site provides accessible, yet good quality information about how the brain works and how people learn. Many areas that relate to the human brain, including language, memory, behavior, and aging, as well as illness and injury are described with a view to providing practical insights and learning tools.  BrainConnection.com is sponsored by Scientific Learning.
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Dyslexia Studies Catch Neuroplasticity at Work

Researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, have detected which parts of the brain become stronger as children with dyslexia develop their ability to read. As reported in the journal Neuropsychologia, follow-up scans one year after the children received 100 hours of remedial reading from teachers showed that this increase in activation continued, reaching normal levels in the left parietal lobe.

These fMRI scans reveal the vigor of neuroplasticity, the process by which neurons create new connections among themselves.

     
       
Dyslexia, by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.
A new model of this reading disorder emphasizes defects in the language-processing rather than the visual system. It explains why some very smart people have trouble learning to read.
     
       
Hearing and Hearing Disorders - An Internet Guide
A large collection of Internet pointers to information about hearing and hearing disorders.  Although it is indexed and there are some brief descriptions, as with any large collection of pointers, not every reference will be found useful.
     
     
How to Read Your Hearing Test
A step by step guide showing you what the lines and numbers on an audiogram (one of the basic hearing tests) mean.
     
     
Improved Oral Language and Reading Performance
The abstract of a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences demonstrating the positive effect of Fast ForWord on language processing deficits including oral language and reading performance.
     
       
International Dyslexia Association
The IDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia and their families.  Developmental dyslexia is accompanied by deficits in phonological processing.
     
     
National Center for Learning Disabilities
A gateway to information about learning disability resources across the country.  Has a collection of Fact Sheet introductions and overviews of many kinds of learning disabilities that may be downloaded or viewed online.
     
     
No Child Left Behind Web Site
A Department of Education web site that provides details of the 'No Child Left Behind' Education Act.  It contains a wide range of information including the 'Helping Your Child' series of booklets (Helping Your Child Become A Reader, Helping Your Child With Homework, ...).
     
     
Reading for the Blind & Dyslexic
An educational resource for those with print disabilities.  Material for anyone who cannot read standard print because of visual, perceptual, or other disability.  More than 70 percent of those assisted last year were identified as having a learning disability.
     
     
SchwabLearning.org
A web site for parents of children with learning differences.  Their definition of Learning Differences includes Specific Learning Disabilities (LD) where there is a disorder that results in difficulty understanding or using spoken or written language, kids who struggle with similar problems but don't qualify for special education, and Attention Problems like AD/HD.
     
     
Scientific Learning Family Page
Support for families of Fast ForWord product participants, with links for Getting Started, Enrolling, and Next Steps.  The Introduction section also provides answers to questions like: "Who are the Scientific Learning products for?"  "What are the programs, products and packages?" and  "How do I know that these products work?"
     
     
     
     

 

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