Reading and Reading Disorders: NICHD Research Goals

Some of the goals for the NICHD related to reading and reading disorders are listed below:

  • Understand the environmental, experiential, instructional, cognitive, linguistic, genetic, and neurobiological contributions to the developmental reading process.
  • Develop new knowledge about the causes or origins and developmental courses of learning disabilities impact the development of reading skills (e.g., basic reading skills, reading fluency, reading comprehension) and written expression.
  • Develop reliable and valid quantitative and qualitative measurement instruments and measurement strategies to identify children at risk for academic failure due to reading disorders and to assess growth over time and in response to reading-related interventions.
  • Evaluate and improve methods for early intervention and for remediation of reading disorders that cater to diverse learners’ needs across the lifespan from preschool into adulthood.
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