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Patna University (PU) vice-chancellor Shambhu Nath Singh said teachers should be trained properly to understand the learning disabilities in children and treat them accordingly. A concerted effort would have to be made by the educationists, psychologists and medical practitioners for the well-being and proper development of disabled children, he said. Inaugurating a national workshop on 'Understanding learning disabilities in schoolchildren' organized by Patna Women's Training College in collaboration with Brij Kishore Smarak Sansthan, Bihar Vidyapith, here, the VC said learning disability is a frustrating thing for both children and parents.
In fact, without support and encouragement, a child with a learning disability may develop complex. However, there are ways parents and teachers can help such children grow and prosper like normal human being. Former VC of Magadh University (MU), Shamshad Hussain observed that learning disability did not have anything to do with a person's intelligence. After all, successful people such as Einstein, Walt Disney, Alexander Graham Bell and Winston Churchill all had learning disabilities. Hussain said there were many kinds of learning disabilities.
Certain kinds of learning disabilities can interfere with a person's ability to concentrate or focus and can cause someone's mind to wander too much. Other learning disabilities can make it difficult for a student to read, write, spell, or solve mathematical problems. The way our brains process information is extremely complex - it's no wonder things can get messed up sometimes, he said. Eulogizing the recent 'non-detention' policy of the government for schoolchildren and psychosomatic approach of the healing people, Hussain pleaded for opening a counselling centre in each educational institution so that boys and girls might be counselled properly.
Noted ophthalmologist Dr. Ranjan Akhauri said defective vision also creates unwarranted stress on children. Eye test of pre-schoolchildren must be made mandatory so that they do not face any problem in life, he said. ENT expert Dr S K Prasad said no child is deaf or dumb but the society makes him so by ignoring his basic needs. They do not need sympathy but love and care. "Don't ignore or punish such children," said Prasad. Noted paediatrician Dr. Utpal Kant Singh, former head of PU English department, S.S Prasad, PU education department's former head R.P Singh, educationist S.N Singh Sathi, PU psychology teacher Saroj Dube and Women's Training College principal Jessie Modi also addressed the participants.
Courtesy: Times of India
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