‘Dyslexia: An Impairment of Language Learning’.

BPS Fellow to discuss the impact of dyslexia on society


Professor Maggie Snowling, President of St. John’s College, Oxford, will
give this year’sBPS/BA Lecture
the title ‘Dyslexia: An Impairment of Language Learning’. She is a
Fellow of both the British Psychological Society and the British

The lecture will take place at The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House
Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH, on Tuesday 24 September 2013 from 6 to 7.15 
p.m. It is a free event and seats will be allocated on a first come, 
first served basis.

Professor Snowling will discuss the impact dyslexia has on society and
asks whether it is possible to intervene early to ameliorate its impact.

Without the ability to read fluently and with accurate comprehension,
many children can experience a downward spiral of poor educational
achievement and career prospects. Studies following the development of
children at family-risk of dyslexia have revealed that it is associated
with language delays and speech difficulties in pre-school years before
reading instruction even begins. Literacy outcomes in children depend
not only on the risk factors that predispose reading difficulties but
also on protective factors which mitigate the risk.