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Todd Richards


April 28, 2015

Research shows brain differences in children with dyslexia and dysgraphia

Todd Richards demonstrates the fiber-optic pen used in the study while inside the fMRI scanner.

University of Washington research shows that using a single category of learning disability to qualify students with written language challenges for special education services is not scientifically supported. Some students only have writing disabilities, but some have both reading and writing disabilities. The study, published online in NeuroImage: Clinical, is among the first to identify…


June 17, 2013

Fiber-optic pen helps see inside brains of children with learning disabilities

Person holding pen and pad.

For less than $100, University of Washington researchers have designed a computer-interfaced drawing pad that helps scientists see inside the brains of children with learning disabilities while they read and write.