Special Education refers to any programme provided exclusively or in addition to regular school for children with special needs (due to emotional, physical or developmental disorders).
An increasing number of children are brought to our clinic for problems of scholastic underachievement and associated emotional behaviour disorders. In many cases these problems remain unidentified for long time and child goes on with poor performance and failures, which leads to frustration and low self-esteem.
Education of children with Learning Disabilities is complex and multifaceted. Mainstream education is the ideal proposal for children with learning disabilities, if the child is provided with facility for remediation along with regular school activities and peer interaction.
In our educational system however, very few schools provide required facilities for children with LD. Thus help for students with learning disability is limited in mainstream. In addition, children with moderate to severe degree of Learning disability cannot cope up with traditional classroom teaching, especially students who have large gap between expected and actual level of achievement.
It is equally important to note, most mainstream educational institutes often force children to attend and study in a class they supposedly are to be, regardless of their capacity, potential and understanding, which only has a negative setback.
This is, primarily what distinguishes our special education courses from the mainstream schooling and is exactly where we come in. At Vatsalya, we have special provisions for such children whereby, therapy, counselling and education are administered in coherence, depending upon their calibre.
The course of our sessions seeds from the emotional roots of the behaviour. Understanding what is troubling the child in the first place helps us, help them better. As the children get over their issues, they develop emotional maturity relevant to their age, and it automatically reflects in their behaviour. Such progress further facilitates taking initiatives and responsibilities, which consequently reflects in their study patterns. Once the cycle of understanding and beginning to study seeps in, we then start educating them based on they mental age, capability and understanding.
As the approach steadily builds upon from the child being taught from the level of class they can understand, graduating upwards in grades, it may appear to be slow, but as a parent you must be assured that it is a concrete way of learning and maturing minus the stress. It will not only help the child to grow through classes, but will also instill the methods of self-learning and becoming independent and emotionally mature.