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Summer Reading Program

Updated: Friday, July 26 2013, 12:42 PM EDT
There was free help from Cincinnati Childrens' Hospital Wednesday, if your child is struggling with reading or attention problems.

When it comes to favorite activities, Sam, who is now 10, says he excels at basketball, lacrosse and football.

But his parents Tami and Rob Wilson admit they've always been concerned about his reading.

So recently they enrolled Sam in a summer reading project which will continue all year.

It's called the reading intervention training study. 

Doctor Tzipi Horowitz-Kras and doctor Jennifer Vannest first started this study to use brain images to objectively diagnose reading disabilities such as dyslexia.

Now they are looking for children ages 8 to 12 years old to find out even more.

The goal of this research st to take this study to the next level and look at children who don't just have trouble reading but who have attention problems or attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder.

Kids who sign up can see if they actually have these problems by diagnosis with what's called a functional MRI...

"Which uses a special technique to show us where blood is flowing in the brain and that tells us what parts of the brain is more active during the time you are doing a certain task."

They get special reading re-training to see the change in the brain following this type of intervention.

That intervention continues at home, which for Sam has made a big difference already this summer.

"We did a program that was four weeks long, five days a week, and I noticed his fluency was increasing."

The imaging team doesn't know if that increase will show a change on a follow up MRI.

They do know however that the intervention program itself seems to have good outcomes, improve how kids read, whether we see a change in the brain or not.

If you'd like more information, you can call 513-636-0160.
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