$9 Million Granted for Learning Disability Research

$9 Million Granted for Learning Disability Research

If you wanted more research about the causes and treatment of learning disabilities, you’re going to get it.  The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $9 million over 5 years to the University of Houston’s Texas Center for Learning Disabilities.  The center is to use these funds for research regarding the causes and treatments of learning disabilities in children and adolescents.

Reports of weak literacy skills amongst youth -- while elementary school children often receive care for learning disabilities, the attention to learning differences is not paid to youth in middle or high school.  The Texas Center for Learning Disabilities hopes to bridge this gap with research over the next several years.

Learning disabilities affect a child’s educational and social development through school years and can impact that child’s adult life as well.  Learning disabilities are disorders that affect language, speech, math skills, attention, and coordinated movements, all of which are major health problems facing today’s youth.  The goal of the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities research is to find potential causes behind learning disabilities, which will improve diagnosis and treatment. 

Some research will include neuroimaging of the brain, which will provide some insight into brain changes that occur after treatment interventions.  While previous research by the center focused on grades 1 and 2, the next few years will concentrate on children in grades 4 and 5. 

For more information about the Texas Center for Learning Disabilities and their research findings, visit texasldcenter.org.

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