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Treating learning disorders

Making it easier to care for children with learning disorders

With the support of the Air Liquide Foundation, AVITA is opening a diagnostic and monitoring center for children and teenagers with learning difficulties in the department of Vaucluse in south-eastern France.

The Avita association

he aim of the AVITA (Vauclusian Association of Stakeholders in the Field of Learning Disorders) is to promote the establishment of a network of professionals specializing in learning disorders in the Vaucluse department.

Academic difficulties

The term 'learning disorders' encompasses a variety of situations, including dyslexia¹ , dysphasia² , dyspraxia³ , dyscalculia4 and attention deficit disorders. These pathologies cause suffering at school for many children. A lack of self-confidence can lead to academic failure or even difficulties in social integration. Treating these children is therefore an essential but difficult task. The department currently has no facilities in place for them. The nearest centers (at an average distance of 100 km) have very long waiting lists and private treatment is costly.

Several professionals in one location

The association's goal is to open a diagnostic and treatment center near Avignon, France, for children and teenagers suffering from these disorders. Nearly 200 youths ages 6 to 16 will receive support from the center. Treatment is made easier by the on-site presence of medical, health care and educational professions, including speech and language pathologists, psychomotor therapists and orthoptists.

The creation of this center also makes it possible to:
• strengthen the department's health care network for children
• train the general public (parents, health care professionals, teachers, etc.)
• help children with their schoolwork

The Foundation's grant is used to set up and fit out the waiting room, consultation rooms and an information and meeting area for families.

 

¹Reading disorders
²Verbal communication disorders
³Impaired ability to make precise movements
4Difficulty learning arithmetic

 

PROJECT IDENTITY

  • Project initiator: Association AVITA
  • Location: Morières-lès-Avignon, Provence, France
  • Year of support: 2014
  • Sponsor: Anne Salvo, Air Liquide France Industrie - Vitrolles, France