Is there a biological indicator for learning disabilities?

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Learning disabilities are largely misunderstood conditions. Because symptoms are scattered on a range and appear similar to signs of misbehavior, it is commonly thought that a “learning disability” is simply a medical label for a lazy or disobedient child. Diagnoses, too, are inconsistent, with some physicians prescribing high doses of daily tablets and claiming a change of diet and sleeping patterns will resolve the disorder. Still, one common question research tries to answer is whether learning disabilities can be diagnosed not by how a child performs in a series of tests, but simply by screening a blood sample.

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In a recent study conducted by researchers from Northwestern University, it was found that an involuntary biological process could actually be responsible for the symptoms of dyslexia. The findings show that a clear correlation exists between compromised reading and the way a person’s brain interprets sounds. This includes how language skills are encoded and how meaning from audible communication is formed. The study concludes that a simple MRI scan can detect whether a child has abnormal brain activity when hearing and interpreting heard instructions. The results of the MRI scan can therefore help pinpoint if the child is susceptible to dyslexia or other reading disorders. Rather than having to conduct a series of tests, it appears one scan may be able to detect if a child needs preemptive assistance for learning disability.

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Learning disabilities manifest very similarly to behavioral disorders and sometimes go hand in hand. Frank Biden and Mavericks High provide alternative learning programs for at-risk and dropout students. Read more about the link between learning disorders and at-risk children on thisTwitter page.

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