Huge thanks to Prof John Stein for a fascinating talk on Saturday 27th February. John began by offering a detailed refutation of Julian Elliott! Food for thought! The event was well attended and enjoyed by all. John continued to answer questions and chat with attendees after the presentation.
Professor John Stein presents ‘Wobbles, Warbles and Fish – the Sensorimotor Basis of Dyslexia' on Saturday 27 February at Frensham Heights School.
10 am for 10.30 - 12.00
John Stein is emeritus Professor of Neuroscience and Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. After preclinical studies at New College, Oxford, John trained as a clinical neurologist at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, Leicester and Oxford. From 1970 – 2008 he was Fellow and Tutor in Medicine and Physiological Sciences at Magdalen College, Oxford.
John got interested in dyslexia from seeing many children with damage to the part of the visual system that senses movement, whose first inkling of trouble was that the world began swinging round crazily when they tried to read. With Sue Fowler, a brilliant orthoptist, who'd noticed the same kinds of symptoms in dyslexic children, he put forward the theory that their visual motion system may be impaired - the 'magnocellular’ theory of dyslexia. Although the idea is still pretty controversial, more and more people are accepting it now.