The role of neuroscience in the remediation of students with dyslexia

Nat Neurosci. 2002 Nov;5 Suppl:1080-4. doi: 10.1038/nn946.


Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition, spelling and decoding abilities. Research findings agree that these and other observed behavioral manifestations largely result from a deficit in the phonological component of language. However, conflicting theories on the exact nature of the phonological deficit have given rise to divergent treatment approaches. Recent advances in functional brain imaging and genetics have allowed these theories to be examined more closely. If implemented appropriately, commercial programs can be effective in identifying dyslexia. Treatment of dyslexia has been advanced through neuroscience, yet further study is needed to provide rigorous, reproducible findings that will sustain commercial approaches.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / growth & development
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Dyslexia / physiopathology*
  • Dyslexia / psychology
  • Dyslexia / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Language Tests / standards
  • Language Therapy / methods
  • Language Therapy / psychology
  • Language Therapy / trends
  • Phonetics
  • Reading
  • Speech Perception / physiology
  • Verbal Behavior / physiology*