USC recruiting children for learning disabilities study
The University of South Carolina is recruiting children (ages 6-12) with learning disabilities in reading and/or math to participate in a short, paid study.
Allison Stafford is a school psychology doctoral student at USC and issued an announcement about the project Wednesday.
The goal of the study is to be able to improve identification methods of learning disabilities. Participants receive $50 and a brief report of their child’s academic and cognitive strengths and weaknesses. The flyer to the left contains more information about the study.
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability where children and adults can have extreme difficulty reading and learning how to read. It affects about 5 percent of the global population or roughly 350 million people worldwide, according to information contained in an article in The Daily Gamecock.
There are disparities in dyslexia identification and intervention among school districts in South Carolina, according to the article. The disparities have led to many children going either undiagnosed, or being diagnosed, but not receiving the proper help that they need.
Dr. Scott Decker, a school psychologist and professor at USC, was recently awarded a $738,000 grant from the S.C. Department of Education to determine what each school district in the state is doing to help students with dyslexia in order to determine effective approaches.