About 10-15 % of our school going students may experience Specific Learning Disability / SLD in different levels. Some students are only marginally affected some face difficulties in the daily learning experience and some are totally handicapped by the difficulties they face in the seemingly easy tasks of reading, writing, body coordination and math skills.
Unfortunately as these students appear as bright and as average as the any other, the parents and teachers may not be able to identify and recognize the symptoms and the blame for the falling grades and unsatisfactory academic performance falls on the child.
What is Dyslexia?
There are many different definitions available for Dyslexia. But a close perusal shows that it basically means difficulty or inability to acquire the skills of reading and writing in the general classroom setting using the teaching learning techniques or instructions generally used.
There is a tremendous need for creating awareness about the difficulty faced by students. Many times the teachers and parents get perplexed by this seeming strange discrepancy in the verbal and performance ability of the child but are not able to help due to lack of the correct strategies. To address this need LRF initiated the ‘Learning Disability – Assessment and Remediation’ a course for teachers, parents and teacher trainees.
This course provides very practical suggestions which can be used in the classroom setting for an informal assessment and remediation of a child. The aim of the course is not to label a child but to understand the difficulties faced by him/her in the classroom, find out what strategies may be used to improve the efficacy of the class room teaching, to provide individual help to the child. In fact, the course aims to convert the adult population into ‘Children’s Advocates’. We look at various easily administered tests and exercises for the auditory and visual perceptual skills, the spelling issues, the phonics instructions for spelling and reading ability, and Math problem and their solutions.
The aim of the course is not to provide solutions but to help teachers and parents to find their own solutions and strategies. It looks at creating a mindset which does not say ‘this child has a problem’ but what to do to help the child overcome this problem.
We also work with the SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) in Uttarakhand. Many Resource teachers and general teachers have attended the workshops. As the feedback suggests, they have found a new approach to help the struggling students.
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