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Lindamood-Bell’s “Seeing Stars” curriculum will be part of a new study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The Summer Time Adventures in Reading and Teaching is the name of the project. It will include a selection of beginning readers at risk for reading difficulties. The students will receive six weeks of intensive instruction using Lindamood-Bell’s “Seeing Stars” program to improve their reading skills. “Seeing Stars” is designed to stimulate symbol imagery and to develop reading skills including phonemic awareness, word recognition, and fluency.
The study is designed to explore the predictive value of neuroimaging for reading intervention with early elementary students. Principal Investigator Dr. John Gabrieli is the director of the Athinoula A Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute, in addition to holding a faculty appointment at MIT.
Dr Gabrieli says “This is an exciting opportunity to deliver intensive reading instruction to children at the young ages when such instruction is thought to be most beneficial, and to use the neuroimaging to better understand which children most benefit from this instruction.”
Participating students will receive fMRI brain scans to measure brain activity, in addition completing standardized measures of reading, before and after instruction. The intervention will be provided by Lindamood-Bell staff and will be closely monitored by MIT investigators.
The project is to use brain scans in order to evaluate reading interventions and outcomes. These investigations will potentially help predict which students may develop reading difficulties, and which interventions can help develop and increase brain function and reading performance.
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