The classic view of dyslexia is of a specific learning disorder characterized by a selective impairment of phonological processing which compromises reading development. Research evidence now challenges this view and highlights the impact of poor language on learning to reading. With findings from a longitudinal study of children at high-risk of dyslexia as a backdrop, I will argue that oral language is the foundation for literacy and that there is more than one developmental pathway to poor reading. Comparing the developmental trajectories of children who develop ‘pure dyslexia’ with those who have dyslexia in the context of co-occurring impairments of oral language (DLD) confirms the view that risk factors accumulate to determine the severity of reading impairment. In closing I will draw out the implications of this multifactorial view of reading difficulties for intervention, educational policy and practice.
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