“The more you read, the more you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~Dr. Seuss

Enrolling children from New Haven Public Schools from first grade 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.


Student little girl reading with a bookStudying the genetics of dyslexia can improve educational and learning experiences for your child.  By developing a simple, accurate and inexpensive screening test for dyslexia, researchers will better understand the connection between genes and reading.  This test would help identify children at risk for developing dyslexia early on, perhaps even before they have problems with reading.  Early identification of risk for dyslexia would allow children to get the help they need before they have problems in school.

The New Haven Lexinome Project (NHLP), a  partnership between Yale University and New Haven Public Schools, is a genetics study designed to assess reading and cognitive abilities of 1st grade students over a course of 4 – 5 years.  The goals of the study are to create a pre-symptomatic, genetic screener for dyslexia, examine genetic and environmental connections to reading and learning disability, examine language and attention connections to reading ability, and investigate the possibility of genetics enhanced intervention selection.


DNA is the information contained in every cell in your body. DNA is wound into chromosomes, and genes are sections of chromosomes that make you who you are.  Every person gets two copies of each gene, one from your mother and one from your father.  Scientists have discovered which genes are responsible for your hair and eye colors, your height and many other traits and disorders.



There are possibly dozens of genes involved in determining how well you read and part of your reading ability is determined by your environment.  By comparing genetic information, family history and reading tests we hope to develop a screening test to determine one’s risk for reading problems before they occur.



Dyslexia is the most common learning disability.  It is called a learning disability because dyslexia may make it very difficult for a person to learn in a traditional settings.



Any child enrolled in the 1st grade in New Haven Public Schools during the 2015 and 2016 school years is eligible for participation.

Parents will be asked to complete a questionnaire about their child and family history.  A saliva sample will be collected from your child. Then your child will receive a series of tests, similar to the standardized tests he/she gets in school.