Help for Children with Disorders when Learning to Read


Up to 20 percent of children at the elementary school age, suffer from a reading disability specialists call developmental dyslexia. It is not caused by lack of intelligence or schooling, and the exact causes are still a topic of controversy. New theories propose disorders in phonological, auditive, or visual magnocellular processing, in attention, or in automation.  For this reason, RWTH Aachen is hosting a symposium from 9am-5pm on Saturday, June 23, 2012, on the topic “Neurocognitive Aspects of Developmental Dyslexia.” The event will take place in the RWTH Aachen Main Building, Templergraben 55.


During the symposium, experts will present current research results from two projects funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): „Ein multivariates Profil der Dyslexie für spezifische Diagnostik und Intervention bei Leseproblemen“ and „Effekte von spezifischem vs. unspezifischem Training auf Hirnfunktion und Performanz bei kognitiven Subtypen von Dyslexie“. In these projects, investigations are carried out to see how much subtypes of developmental dyslexia are accounted for on a cognitive and neurobiological level, and whether children should thus be trained differently according to this evidence.

Participation is free of charge. Certificates of participation can be issued as documentation of further education. The symposium is certified with six further education points for speech therapists.