So, I took a short break from this research I’m doing for a future blog entry about dyslexia in state legislation and checked my social media. I happened to stumble across this interesting article at The Conversation.
It’s about a recent study which showed tentatively that fetuses can begin differentiating between different types of sound before they transition into baby hood.
The scientist then goes to speculate that this might lead to ‘treatment’ of dyslexia before the baby’s born. I don’t particularly care for his view of dyslexia being a problem, but I digress.
Dyslexia is thought to be at least partially genetic, after all, but is it really feasible to think the brain can be trained out of the pitfalls that come with it before the lungs are even formed?
At the very least, it’s an interesting idea, but I wouldn’t give it a whole lot of credence just yet.
Unless I was bitten by a radioactive spider or something else happened to alter my DNA, I was probably dyslexic as a fetus, too. I was rather young at the time, so I have no memory of it.
It does make me wonder how much benefit would the child get from prenatal phonological therapy? We already know that sticking headphones on a pregnant woman’s belly and playing music doesn’t have much, if any, effect on the child’s later chances at learning.
Would repeating certain syllables, word sequences or sounds really help a child with reading later on in life?
To take it a step further, is it really a good idea to extend the obsession with ‘traditional learning methods’ into the months before a child is even born?