Making Meaning of Research

There is a lot of research out there, but it can be difficult to access, many times it leaves us with more questions than answers. What does this mean for my child/student? How do I make this actionable?

Knowing about and understanding the current research can help us to choose the right program for our students, advocate for our children and bring about awareness.

At The Southport CoLAB research is at the core of all that we do.


In collaboration with the Florida Center for Reading Research and top research institutions, we are creating infographics on a variety of topics related to learning differences. Check out our first in the series, Do Vision Problems Cause Dyslexia?

Our free Community Lecture Series provides opportunities to learn first hand about cutting edge research.

Workshops provide a hands-on opportunity to explore research-based programs and learn how to implement research in meaningful ways.


The CoLAB offers opportunities to participate in research studies with the top researchers in the field. Find out how you can help them to learn more about specific areas of learning differences and improve the lives of those with learning differences.  

Current research studies:

  • Music and Dyslexia: The Southport CoLAB is partnering with a research team at the Boston Children’s Hospital and the Gaab Lab that is exploring the relationship between musical training, speech, language, and reading abilities. Their goal is to investigate and develop the best diagnostic and remediation tools to support children with students with reading, speech, and learning difficulties, as well as a variety of childhood disorders.  
    As part of this research, they are particularly interested in the relationship between musical training and reading.  The purpose of this particular study is to investigate and better understand how speech, reading and other cognitive abilities relate to each other within school-age children.

Participate in Cutting Edge research

The Southport CoLAB is pleased to share information about some very exciting work being done by Dr. Fumiko Hoeft, a leading neuroscientist. We would like to invite you to participate in some truly fascinating and cutting-edge research.    

Check out these amazing opportunities: 

1.The Adult Reading Strategies program: Participants must be ages 18-30 and willing to make several visits to the UConn -Storrs campus for testing and scanning (no, it won’t hurt!). All participants will get a comprehensive neuropsychological report (free!), actual brain scan pictures (very cool) and even some cash for being a good sport and helping advance the science of reading. Learn more at or contact the lab at

2. The Family Brain Program: We know a lot about how certain traits ‘run in families’ and here’s your chance to advance the science about nature vs. nurture when it comes to reading and math. Participants in this research are parents and their children (ages 7-12). Everyone will get reports, pictures of their brain, and money for their time and cooperation. This project requires visits to either of the research sites: the University of Connecticut (Storrs) or the University of California (San Francisco). Learn more at or contact the lab at

3. BRAIN Camp 2021: A unique, inclusive, completely FREE, summer day camp for next year's 3rd and 4th graders who need extra help with reading. This camp is hosted by UCONN's Neag School of Education and  the Department of Psychological Sciences and will take place on the UCONN campus in Storrs, CT. Check out the flyer for more information here or reach out to