This talk will present findings from a longitudinal study of children at high-risk of dyslexia either because of preschool speech and language difficulties or because of a first degree affected relative, followed from age three to eight years will follow. Evidence suggests that there are shared risk factors between familial dyslexia and language impairment but the developmental picture is more complex. It will be argued, in line with the critical age hypothesis, that children who enter school with a persistent speech or language impairment are most at risk of reading problems.
Professor Maggie Snowling is President of St. John’s College and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oxford. She is a British Psychologist and her contributions to the study of dyslexia are renowned and extensive – she has been recognized with the British Psychological Society Presidents' Award (2003) and the Samuel T. Orton Award of the International Dyslexia Association (2005). Most recently, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2016 in recognition of her services to science and understanding of dyslexia.
This talk was originally presented at UCSF on April 4, 2018.