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Child Dyslexia Awareness week in Hermitage

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Child Dyslexia Awareness week in Hermitage

The aim of the event to make people aware that dyslexia is not a decease but a way of perception.

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The Child Dyslexia Awareness week has started in St. Petersburg. The main venue is the Hermitage museum. The organizers of the event believe unawareness about dyslexia in Russia means there is a risk that dyslexic children do not receiving timely assistance.

Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, expects that the fact that the Hermitage is hosting this event will make it all the more significant.

Tatiana Chernigovskaya, Doctor of Biology, admits that dyslexic children often have to face misunderstanding at school as they are different from their classmates and teachers may consider them «stupid».

Maria Piotrovskaya, founder of the parents and kids’ Dyslexic Association, suggests a special school curriculum adapted for children with dyslexia with a different assessment scale. 

Another measure to promote dyslexic awareness among teachers is an online course helping them to distinguish such children and assist them.

«What happens to our children is they go to school and get bad marks, and nobody will tell them to consult a specialist», says Maria Piotrovskaya.

The main aim of the Dyslexia Awareness Week is not just to draw public attention to the problem but to explain that this is not a decease, but a special way of information perception that makes it difficult for a child to read and write but does not affect his or her ability to learn. 

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