Electric shock treatment helps children read faster

Medics in Rome say an experiment using mild electric shock threrapy helped dyslexic youngsters read 60 per cent faster

According to koodakpress، Using mild electric shock therapy has helped dyslexic youngsters read faster, an experiment has revealed.


Doctors in Rome gave a group of dyslexic children a six-week course of mild electric shocks through wires attached to the scalp.


Following the course they revealed the youngster’s reading improved in speed and accuracy by 60 per cent, researchers say.


The tests were conducted on 18 youngsters at Rome’s Bambin Gesù Children’s Hospital in collaboration with the Santa Lucia Foundation’s Brain Stimulation Laboratory and was led by Dr Deny Menghini.


Dr Menghini told the Times: “Reading rates accelerated by about 13 per cent, which is like the benefit of a year’s schooling in six weeks.


“Such a large group of dyslexic children has never been involved in an experiment like this before.


“We used one milliampere of current, which is equal to the electricity that powers a single Christmas tree light.


“The subjects felt nothing, except a slight vibration at the start. Real electroshock therapy uses 600 milliamperes.”


The children were wired up for three 20-minute sessions weekly.


Dr Menghini said the children made fewer errors while reading uncommon words, and were 60 per cent faster at reading words invented for the test.


She revealed that six months after the sessions, the subjects were still reading at the new, faster rate.


“There have been no side effects like headaches,” she added.


The team has started new tests on a new group of youngsters testing a different area of the brain which affects memory.


The findings were published in the scientific journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.


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