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