Noted Neuroscientist Dr. Paula Tallal Provides Expert Testimony at Congressional Hearing on Dyslexia

, Ph.D., testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee
on Science, Space, and Technology
at a Sept. 30th hearing
on H.R. 3033, the Research Excellence and Advancements for Dyslexia
(READ) Act. Dr. Tallal, a cognitive neuroscientist and board-certified
clinical psychologist, is a professor at the University of California,
San Diego and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, a co-director
of the Temporal
Dynamics of Learning Center
, and a co-founder of Scientific
Learning Corp.

Tallal was one of three expert witnesses invited to address what
research and development would be most beneficial for practical
applications to overcome dyslexia, which affects as many as one out of
six, or 8.5 million, American school children. “There is an epidemic of
reading failure that we have both the scientific evidence and the
interventions to treat. What we do not have is a roadmap for
implementing these evidence-based tools and technologies on a broad
scale, or a mandate for our schools to use these advances to help the
millions of struggling readers who desperately need our help,” said

At the hearing, Tallal’s testimony focused on how to bridge this gap
between knowledge and action. “Decades of scientific research show that
reading success relies on a solid foundation of rapid, consistent
auditory processing and oral language skills,” she said. “Traditional
tools for teaching reading, regardless of how expertly and how often
they are applied, will not work for most struggling readers until these
more foundational skills are remediated. Not providing educators with
evidence-based tools to address both listening and oral language skills
is equivalent to demanding that a builder construct the third floor of a
school without having the tools to build a sufficiently strong first and
second floor, and then wondering why the school keeps collapsing.
Including classroom listening interventions can improve a child’s
reading ability and fundamentally rewire the brain for healthier
learning and communication skills.”

Tallal is a frequent participant on governmental committees on
developmental language disorders and learning disabilities. She has
authored over 200 professional publications and holds several patents.
She earned the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Prize for her work leading to
the development of the Fast

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