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Dyslexia: A Very Short Introduction [#603]
Dyslexia: A Very Short Introduction [#603]
  • Introduces the exciting research surrounding dyslexia today, including analysis of the potential causes of dyslexia
  • Discusses the neuroscience of dyslexia, and what we have learned about how it works through techniques such as brain scanning
  • Weighs up the various strategies and interventions which can help people with dyslexia today, sifting the fact from the fiction
  • Provides a brief history of dyslexia since its recognition in 1896
  • Draws on cross-linguistic studies to look at dyslexia in various different languages

Since dyslexia was first described in the British Medical Journal in 1896, there has been debate about the definitions and diagnostic procedures used, with some casting doubt on its very existence. However, there is now a considerable body of research regarding the nature and characteristics of this relatively common learning disorder. The contemporary view of dyslexia has emerged from a century of research in medicine, psychology and more recently neuroscience, and we now understand enough about this learning disorder to guide policy and practice.
This Very Short Introduction provides an accessible overview of this exciting field of research, beginning with its history, and drawing on testimony from people living with dyslexia. Considering the potential causes of dyslexia, and looking at both genetic and environment factors, Margaret Snowling shows how cross-linguistic studies have documented the prevalence of dyslexia in different languages. Discussing the various brain scanning techniques that have been used to find out if the brains of people with dyslexia differ in structure or function from those of typical readers, Snowling moves on to weigh up various strategies and interventions which can help people living with dyslexia today.


1: Does dyslexia exist?
2: What is dyslexia?
3: What role do genetic and environmental factors play in developing dyslexia?
4: What causes dyslexia
5: What do we know about the dyslexic brain?
6: What works for dyslexia?
7: Conclusions
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About the author: 

Margaret J. Snowling CBE is Professor in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford and President of St. John's College. Her research focuses on children's language and learning; specifically the nature and causes of children's reading difficulties and how best to ameliorate them. She is also professionally qualified as a clinical psychologist, and has written and edited several books, including Dyslexia: A Cognitive-developmental Perpective (Wiley-Blackwell, 1997) and The Science of Reading: A Handbook (Wiley-Blackwell, 2005). She is Fellow of the British Academy, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, and was appointed CBE for services to science and the understanding of dyslexia in 2016.

"Margaret Snowling does an admirable job of introducing the subject of dyslexia, focusing on its manifestation in young children, possible causes, and some early coping strategies." - Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation

"This engaging book gives a fascinating account of the processes involved in learning to read... The exceptional scholarship makes this book a precious resource and a must-read." - Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, UCL

"This is by far the best book written on dyslexia conceptually incisive, balanced and thoughtful in approach ... A masterpiece." - Michael Rutter, Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, KCL

Product details

ISBN : 9780198818304

Margaret J. Snowling
144 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
May 2019
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Dyslexia: A Very Short Introduction [#603]

Dyslexia: A Very Short Introduction [#603]

Dyslexia: A Very Short Introduction [#603]