An Italian perspective on learning disabilities.

F. Fabbro, C. Masutto

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The authors' experience derives from over 10 years of study of the neuropsychological characteristics of children with learning disabilities (LD) who were referred to a public children's hospital. Some sociocultural and linguistic aspects of children with learning disabilities in Italy, and in particular in the northeastern Friuli-Venetia-Julia region, are described. The role of bilingualism and the type of grapheme-phoneme correspondence in "standard" Italian are discussed in relation to learning disabilities. Legislative aspects, the roles of the school, hospitals, public field services, and private institutes, as well as the concern of parents of children with LD, are alos taken into account. According to the authors, Italy's major deficiencies with respect to the question of learning disabilities are (a) lack of a systematic study of the problem in order to increase general knowledge, (b) insufficient training of teachers and rehabilitators, and (c) inadequate legislation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-141
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Learning Disabilities
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Education
  • Health Professions(all)


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