8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Pediatric Grand Rounds (CME): Neural Plasticity in Developmental Dyslexia
Jason D Yeatman, PhD - Stanford School of Medicine
Dr. Yeatman will present new data demonstrating that altering a child’s educational environment through a targeted intervention program can dramatically change the structure of the brain’s white matter connections, the function of relevant brain circuits and, ultimately, their reading skills. These findings underscore the brain’s impressive capacity for plasticity when children are provided with intervention that is tailored to their needs.
Literacy is at the foundation of academic success and children with reading disabilities face challenges throughout their schooling. Research on learning disabilities has led to the development of intervention programs to improve reading skills in young, struggling readers. However, two remaining concerns are: (1) the extent to which short-term intervention programs are capable of changing the developmental trajectory of the brain’s reading circuitry; (2) whether individuals differ in terms of the underlying mechanisms causing their reading difficulties and, therefore, benefit from personalized intervention programs. Here I will present new data demonstrating that altering a child’s educational environment through a targeted intervention program can dramatically change the structure of the brain’s white matter connections, the function of relevant brain circuits and, ultimately, their reading skills. These findings underscore the brain’s impressive capacity for plasticity when children are provided with intervention that is tailored to their needs.
- Define the neurobiological underpinnings of reading disability
- Introduce new methods for measuring plasticity based on quantitative MRI
- Discuss intervention approaches for developmental dyslexia
- Demonstrate the impressive capacity for rapid plasticity in the developing brain
The Stanford University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Stanford University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Cultural and Linguistic Competency
California Assembly Bill 1195 requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. The planners and speakers of this CME activity have been encouraged to address cultural issues relevant to their topic area. The Stanford University School of Medicine Multicultural Health Portal also contains many useful cultural and linguistic competency tools including culture guides, language access information and pertinent state and federal laws. You are encouraged to visit the portal: http://lane.stanford.edu/portals/cultural.html
Planner and Faculty Disclosure to Learners
In accordance with the standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), all speakers, planners and/or persons who can influence the CME content must disclose to learners any relationships with commercial interests providing products or services that are relevant to the content of the presentation. The following individual(s) HAVE indicated the following relationships:
Bertil Glader, MD
Contracted Research: Agios
The following speakers, planning committee members and/or persons who can influence CME content have indicated they have NO relationships with commercial industry to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity:
Alan Schroeder, MD, Associate Chief for Research, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Mary Leonard, MD, MSCE, Chair Department of Pediatrics
Matthew Porteus, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine
Neville H. Golden, MD, Chief, Division of Adolescent Medicine
Lisa Chamberlain, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, General Pediatrics
Minnie Dasgupta, MD, Chief Resident, Pediatric Residency Program
Jason Yeatman, PhD