Haskins Laboratories

The Science of the Spoken and Written Word

History

THEORETICAL AND TECHNICAL INNOVATION

Haskins Laboratories has a long history of technological and theoretical innovation, from creating the rules for speech synthesis and the first working prototype of a reading machine for the blind to developing the landmark concept of phonemic awareness as a critical preparation for learning to read. Its record of achievement, past and present, is compelling evidence that it will continue to conduct cutting-edge research in the future.

THE INTEGRITY OF HARD SCIENCE

Throughout its history, Haskins Laboratories has been dedicated to fundamental research and innovation, from developing the first interactive software replicating the interplay of the tongue, lips and palate in human speech to using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging to study blood flow in the brain as a child reads. These objective research approaches, which Haskins scientists pursue wherever they lead, give the work of the Haskins Laboratories special credibility at a time when controversy surrounds many issues concerning language and reading.

MEETING A NATIONAL CRISIS

Nothing illustrates the importance and utility of the Haskins Laboratories’ research more dramatically than its national leadership in developing effective, science-based methods of teaching reading and treating reading disabilities. Currently only a third of American eighth-graders read proficiently and as many as 20 percent of all schoolchildren suffer from reading disabilities. Haskins Laboratories is drawing on decades of research and the accumulating scientific evidence to help meet this crisis in American education.