Seminar on Teaching–Learning for Children with Special Needs, Dehradun, March 2012
An educational seminar on the teaching-learning problems of children with special needs was organized at Azim Premji Institute, Dehradun on 31st March 2012. The SCERT, State Project Office Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan, and Azim Premji Institute members as well as teachers from private schools participated.
Smt. Manju Singhania, Director, Latika Rai Foundation, Dehradun, shared her views as reference person on the topic. She has been doing important work with handicapped children’s learning problems for the last 30 years. At the seminar, she elaborated upon the various programmes being run by the Latika Rai Foundation for children with special needs. She threw light in detail on the different types of children with special needs and the problems faced by them. She then explained how an inability to learn is a kind of neurological disorder in which children’s brains function differently, due to which they have trouble learning. She concluded by stressing how teachers should understand the problems of children with learning disorders and inspire them to learn by assuring them that they are not ‘stupid’ and they can also learn.