Recent studies suggest that there is a correlation between native language and the effects of dyslexia. According to findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the effect of dyslexia is different in children who read and speak English contrasted with those read and speak Chinese. Prior to this study, the language being read and the effects on the brain had not been considered in relationship to dyslexia. According to the study the a different part of the brain is used when reading an alphabetic language like English than when reading a symbolic language like Chinese.

Learning to read is a necessary skill but not a natural process for children. For a child with dyslexia in can be an extremely difficult and often torturous process. Learning to read English requires the ability to connect letters and sounds. For those this with dyslexia it can be difficult because the brain often sees letters as just shapes rather than a representation of a sound.

Learning to read a character based language like Chinese requires the reader to memorize hundreds of characters that represents words. For those with dyslexia learning to read Chinese is a memory problem.

Ultimately, this study suggests that the same methods for teaching those dyslexia must be adapted to the type of language.

Source: Discovery News

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