Chandigarh teachers to take cue from Tare Zamin Par

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Chandigarh, Feb 24 (UNI) Taking cue from 'Tare Zamin Par', the Chandigarh Administration has decided to start a new course to sensitize and train the teachers for identification of children with learning disabilities.

Chandigarh would be perhaps the first state/UT to start this type of course for its teachers.

UT Home and Education Secretary, Mr Krishna Mohan said the public was gradually becoming aware of Specific Learning Disabilities (SLDs), which causes academic difficulties. The Administration will also start a new resource centre at GMSSS-8 to take away the stress and tension from the parents of such children.

The UT Education Department had earlier arranged for free special screening of 'Tare Zamin Par' for its 2,500 teachers.

Mr Mohan disclosed that the course will help the teachers in identifying the children with learning disabilities so that they can take necessary steps to overcome these. A screening test would be conducted for identifying the children with the disabilities with the help of screening instruments, he added.

He said that the children having SLDs will be first screened by shorter version of the NIMHANS index of SLDs which include tests like attention, language, arithmetic, visuo-motor skill and memory. Children suspected to be having a learning disorder will then be administered the detailed battery including MIMHANS index of SLD, Malin's Intelligence Scale for Indian Children (MISIC) and PGI Memory Scale, he further added.

After administering the tests, the deficits will be recorded for each child and the profile of performance would be obtained, he further added. The intervention strategies would be planned accordingly after the reports of the tests performed and these will be carried out by the clinical psychologist and the special educator, he added.

Mr Mohan revealed that the course would help in identifying the learning disabled children at an early stage and would also help to develop a remediation program according to the needs of the child.

The course will train the teachers in effective methods of teaching to be incorporated into normal teaching, he added.

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