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Building awareness about learning disabilities and the need for early intervention

We conduct awareness workshops in schools, for teachers and parents. The aim is to help in early identification of children with Specific Learning Disabilities and introduce intervention measures in school and at home. The class teacher is provided with guidelines and recommendations for classroom adaptations to help the pupil cope with the curriculum. We have regular meetings with the class teacher and parents to monitor progress. We hope to work along with mainstream schools to help children with dyslexia realize their potential.

 

Exposing children with learning disabilities to teaching techniques in reading and spelling

An Individualized Education Program is prepared and implemented, based on the needs of the pupil. We have a structured, cumulative, multi-sensory program for developing reading, spelling and writing skills in children and adults with dyslexia.

We lay emphasis on developing reading fluency and language comprehension.
 
Scientifically proven methods are used to improve word recognition skills and fluency in decoding sight words.
 
The program focuses on developing Phonemic Awareness which helps the child isolate, manipulate, blend and segment the sounds into spoken and written words. 
 
We have introduced remedial classes in Mathematics, Hindi and Bengali with a qualified and dedicated faculty.
 
We also introduce exercises to help the child generate mental energy; improve memory, attention span, focus and concentration skills.

 

Conducting seminars and workshops

We conduct seminars and conferences. Leading academics and researchers from India and abroad are invited to share their experience and the latest developments. The objective is to update the community with the latest research and equip them with skills required to deal with students with a ‘specific learning and language difficulty’.
 
Eastern India’s first International Conference ‘D.A.R.E to Win’ in December 2013, had eminent educationalists from the Teachers’ College, University of Colombia, USA and Kolkata, India address delegates from all over India and overseas. The next edition of D.A.R.E to win is scheduled for December 2015.

OUR PROPOSED PROGRAMMES

We plan to set up a teacher training centre to help conduct and develop training programmes for teachers, aimed at sensitizing and equipping them with skills required to deal with dyslexic children.

We expect to help mainstream schools set up resource rooms capable of identification, assessment, development and implementation plans for children with special needs and provide inclusive and holistic school education.

We intend to hold conferences enabling researchers, clinicians, parents, teachers, psychologists and educational therapists to help children face lifes’ challenges.

We hope to enlist the support of the state government and educational boards to make changes in educational laws, choice of subjects, examination concessions and facilities.

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