venerdì, novembre 17, 2006

1st Int'l Seminar on Dyslexia on Nov. 25

Director Luigino Zecchin of the Italian Cultural Institute in Seoul


The Seoul Times, Friday, November 17, 2006
With this event the Italian Cultural Institute enters a field which is not part of ts own activities, mainly related to the promotion of music, art, design and cuisine. The seminars organized up to now have been scientifically and technologically oriented.

This event however has a different character and the attention towards such an important social and educational issue deserves to be appreciated and supported. Korea and Italy are together to deal with the problem of dyslexia. According to some surveys about 4% of the global population is affected by dyslexic isturbances with a higher percentage in those countries where the writing system is more complex or irregular. The same surveys also state that in Italy the rate in schooling age is around 5%. In the USA the percentage is up to 8-10%.

It is clear that this phenomenon affects us all in some way or other, therefore first of all it has to be recognised, then analysed and dealt with in the right way so as to help those who suffer from these neurological symptoms. The diagnosis of these disturbances is more delicate as the most frequent signs of dyslexia are revealed during the first school years. If they are misinterpreted they produce misjudgements of disability in learning which in turn generate generic labelling of "difficult learning cases." Dyslexic disturbances however are not accompanied by intellectual deficit; on the contrary dyslexic children have an above average IQ.

The seminar consists of a lecture by Prof. Giacomo Stella, Director of the Institue of Research on Dyslexia at Modena-Reggio Emilia University, and other speeches of Korean experts in various medical fields.

This can be considered as a first step in the cooperation between the two Countries in a sector where there is still much room for research and further investigation on the field.

The main objective is to make the professional and educational workers, as well as the public opinion, aware of the problem of dyslexia, promote research and training in the health service and in schools, offer the dyslexic patients and their families a reference point to get information, assistance and rehabilitation opportunities.

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