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"Adults View Black Girls as 'less innocent, Report Says"

When compared with their white peers, young black girls are viewed less as children and more like adults, according to a new research report.Adults in the United States tend to view black girls as "less innocent" and more grown-up than white girls, according to the report, which published by Georgetown Law's Center on Poverty and Inequality on Tuesday. Based on those findings, the research suggests that adults may perceive that black girls need less nurturing and protection than white girls, which could influence how black girls are treated in the education or juvenile justice systems.

"Undoing Dyslexia via Video Games"

Psychologists and neuroscientists are using new techniques to identify the source of language and reading problems such as dyslexia in the brain and create innovative new therapies to significantly improve children's language learning and reading.  An estimated 13 percent to 14 percent of the school-aged population suffers from dyslexia, according to the International Dyslexia Association. Untreated, the disorder can have lasting effects on well-being. 


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