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This talk will present findings from longitudinal studies of children at high-risk of dyslexia.  First, the findings of a meta-analysis of family studies of dyslexia will be presented highlighting the role of early language delay in the etiology of dyslexia.   Second, data from a longitudinal study of children followed from age 3 to 8 years will follow, focusing first on preschool language profiles of children at risk of dyslexia and then on literacy outcomes.  It will be argued that dyslexia is the outcome of multiple risk factors and that children who enter school with a language impairment coupled with phonological problems are at high risk of reading failure .