Summer Reading Intervention Study

Screening and enrollment for the Summer 2023 Cohort is now OPEN! You are welcome to sign up to be screened for eligibility for the intervention study as well as other current studies.

Please write “Summer Reading Intervention Study” in the How did you hear about us? section of the screening form, and email us at in October 2022 if you have not yet received an invitation to a screening session.

Study Background: 

This research study will be conducted by the Stanford Reading and Dyslexia Research Program (RDRP) in collaboration with Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers. This study will examine how the brain changes, before and after children receive reading instruction. 

Because this is a research study, eligibility for the study depends on multiple factors. The reading instruction is designed for children with a certain range of performance on a variety of tasks. Interested families will have the opportunity to complete one or more screenings.

General Overview:
This study involves 8 consecutive weeks of reading instruction (which will be conducted virtually) over your child’s summer break (4 hours/day; 5 days/week; 8 weeks) through Lindamood-Bell Learning Center. In addition to the reading instruction, the study also includes in-person visits at Stanford and virtual testing sessions before and after the instruction from May 2023 – June 2024. We may ask you and your child to do some other activities at home (e.g., surveys, online activities) in between these five time frames.

Stanford Baselines and Follow-Ups: 

There will be a total of five time frames for your child to complete the Stanford visits and virtual testing sessions: two time frames will be before the summer (baselines) and three time frames will be after the summer (follow-ups). Each time frame will require 1-2 Stanford visits for MRI and behavioral testing.

Your child will be rewarded $120/time frame, and we are happy to have a conversation about transportation cost reimbursements if needed (please request ahead of time).

The Stanford baselines and follow-ups will include the following: 

  • Behavioral testing using assessments
  • Cognitive/thinking activities
  • Child surveys/interviews about attitudes towards reading and school
  • Parent surveys
  • Brain imaging using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

In between these baselines and follow-ups, we may also ask you and your child to complete activities at home. 

More about MRI: 

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a common imaging method that is widely used by scientists and doctors. Using a strong magnetic field, MRI allows scientists to study brain structure and brain activity. MRI does not use radiation. 

The Reading and Dyslexia Research Program has years of experience working with children at the MRI center. We make MRI visits child-friendly. Your child will have the chance to get acclimated with the MRI visit by using an MRI simulator that looks similar to the real MRI scanner and makes the same noises. At the end, they will receive a picture of their own brain!

During the MRI session, your child will be asked to lie down still in an MRI scanner while completing tasks or watching movies. This study is not suited for children who are claustrophobic or have a hard time staying still. Your child must also be free of metal (including braces) throughout the whole study period from April 2023 – May 2024. We cannot run MRI sessions with children who have metal on or in them.

Summer Reading Intervention at Lindamood-Bell Learning Center: 

Reading instruction will start sometime in June, and exact start dates will depend on your child’s school schedule. Your child must be able to commit to 8 consecutive weeks of reading instruction over the summer. By being a participant in this research study, your child will receive this instruction free of charge. Further scheduling details will be coordinated by the team at Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers.

Questions? Contact the Stanford RDRP research team at

Interested in this study?
Sign up to join our participant pool and be considered for this study! The research team will follow up with next steps.