NICHD conducts and supports a variety of clinical research related to reading and reading disorders. Select a link below to learn more about these projects.
- Evidence-Based Interventions to Enhance Outcomes Among Struggling Readers
Researchers will study how reading interventions combined with interventions that also address non-academic factors and challenges (such as anxiety) known to affect learning abilities can improve both academic and socioeconomic disparities in third through sixth grade students.
- Improving Response to Intervention in Students with or at Risk of Reading Disabilities
Researchers are testing reading interventions among fourth grade students with reading difficulties by integrating typical reading skills training with mindset training to improve students’ beliefs about their ability to learn.
- University of Washington Reading & Dyslexia Research Program
In this study, researchers are separating pre-kindergarten students who are participating in an early literacy program into two groups to test whether learning letters and sounds is more effective at improving literacy than focusing on language comprehension skills.
- Executive Function in Early Childhood
This study follows kindergartners as they progress through first grade and will test reading interventions on the bottom third of first grade readers. The researchers will also use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional MRI to scan the students’ brain activity at various points.
- Efficacy of a Two-Year Intensive Reading Intervention for Middle School English Learners with Reading Difficulties (TCLD)
This study examines how well reading interventions help sixth- and seventh-grade students with reading difficulties improve their reading comprehension skills. Students are divided into two groups: one that receives additional help and one that continues with the standard intervention.