Role of Mirror Neurons in Learning to Read

In terms of early diagnosis, one study of thousands of babies “gaze-following” found that the skill appears first at about 10 to 11 months, and that babies who weren’t proficient at gaze-following by the time they were 1 year old had much less advanced language skills at age 2 (Brooks & Meltzoff , 2005).

Another possibility with regard to mirror neuron research is that early and systematic priming (stimulating) of mirror neurons engaged in speech could be a strategy for building the preliminary building blocks of reading through stimulation of these mimicking neurons. Th is could potentially mean that modeling of verbal language with exaggerated lip and tongue movements, or exaggerating the sound and movement correspondence of labial sounds with graphemes on a page could have the prereading value of priming the mirror neurons. As babies become toddlers, concepts of print awareness such as left to right eye movements across a line of print, connecting words on a page to the lip movements of the reader, or even the actions of page turning could stimulate prereading mirror neurons.


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 Teaching the Brain to Read: Strategies for Improving Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension
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