Reading is at the foundation of academic success, and children who struggle learning to read are at a disadvantage throughout their academic careers. Unfortunately reading disabilities cannot be distilled to a single, simple cause, meaning that there is no single solution that will be uniformly successful for all children. The goal of the University of Washington Reading & Dyslexia Research Program is to understand the factors that contribute to reading difficulties and use this knowledge to design innovative, personalized intervention programs.

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Participate in dyslexia research

The University of Washington Reading & Dyslexia Research Program (RDRP) is looking for children, adolescents, and adults with a diverse range of reading skills, who are interested in participating in research. Below are short descriptions of some of our present opportunities for which you may qualify. You are encouraged to join our database even if you are not eligible to participate at this time, as we will contact you when new studies become available for which you might be a good candidate. You will also be invited to complete additional questionnaires that will help researchers in developing new studies.

Click here to complete a short screening survey to determine your eligibility. If you prefer to complete the survey via phone, you can reach the lab at 206-685-9365. If you are under 18, you will need parental permission to complete the screening. If you are under 14, please have a parent complete the survey.

Current Studies

Pre-Kindergarten children (4-5 years of age) may be eligible for University of Washington reading camps! A new study on the brain-basis of learning to read involves FREE three week long literacy camps for pre-reading children. Literacy camps will be starting in the Spring of 2019 – sign up here if your child is interested in participating.

Adults and adolescents with dyslexia are needed for a study investigating relationships between visual perception and reading skills. This study involves two visits of around two hours and includes a series of standardized tests of reading, cognition, and language skills, as well as some computer-based games. We are currently enrolling for this study!

Children will dyslexia: We are planning to run a study investigating the effects of intensive reading intervention on brain development. Commitment to this study will be extensive and include 10 visits to the lab for standardized tests and brain scans. If qualified, your child will be enrolled in an 8-week summer reading instruction program for children with dyslexia at no cost to you. Click here to join the Reading & Dyslexia Research Database, and you will be contacted to determine eligibility.

Typical and above-average reading children are needed to serve as control subjects for our investigation into brain development and education. Children will come to the lab for 5 visits that include brain imaging and behavioral tests.Click here to join the Reading & Dyslexia Research Database, and you will be contacted to determine eligibility.

Everyone is needed for new experiments we have designed to run in the web browser. We are designing techniques to assess visual perception and reading skills based on short games that you play in the web browser. You can do these experiments from the comfort of your own home, on your own laptop or desktop computer (no mobile phones or tablets yet). We need children and adults both with and without dyslexia!