At the Center the Child

An exhibition of the Dyslexia Centre Berlin about dyslexia and dyscalculia.

For the 50th year of its existence, the Dyslexia Centre Berlin informs with an exhibition about dyslexia and dyscalculia. Across Berlin, approximately 35,000 children are affected by learning disorders. Dyslexia and dyscalculia are still relatively unknown. The aim is to take a new look at learning and performance disorders, to dispel prejudices, to sensitise people to the experiences of the children affected and to give them courage.

If dyslexia or dyscalculia are not recognised or are recognised late, this usually has serious consequences. Children with learning disabilities have daily experiences of failure – they experience disappointment and social exclusion. This leads to self-doubt, anxiety, psychosomatic complaints, concentration difficulties and a negative attitude towards learning. The chances of academic and professional success, of social participation or even of a free development of the personality are thus considerably limited.

But how do you recognise dyslexia and dyscalculia? How can children be helped? And how do they live with it? We asked those affected, parents, teachers and therapists. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the inner world of children in which letters dance and numbers mean nothing. How can you read and do calculations like this?

The exhibition is realised with funds from the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin and funds for public relations from the Axel Springer Foundation.