Workshop method

Autism, ADHD, SLD and Down Syndrome Workshop

ITANAGAR- A one-day awareness workshop on Autism, ADHD, SLD and Down Syndrome was organized by Ayang Multi-Purpose Co-Operative Society Ltd. & K. Blooming Early intervention & Learning Center in collaboration with All Arunachal Pradesh Psychological Association at Good Shepherd School, Naharlagun.

The program began with a welcome speech by Kaman Pertin, Secretary, Ayang Multi-Purpose Co-Operative Society Ltd. She underlined the importance of such events which are essential to disseminate knowledge and familiarize students and educators with contemporary issues of lived reality. dealing with issues related to the mental health of all, with particular attention to children.

The first technical session was led by Dr. Razia Tamuk, occupational therapist on the theme “ASD, ADHD”. She started the presentation by emphasizing the basics related to learning disabilities in children, the professionals involved in handling the cases and their different roles in addition to some specific jargon terminologies related to said topic were also briefed. .

She stressed the importance for parents, teachers and other caregivers to be vigilant in observing specific risk factors via behaviors displayed in the child and to seek expert help when needed for early intervention. , which was demonstrated by pictures as well as by his speech. . The results of the workshop, the challenges and the way forward for the concerned stakeholders through the psychological perspective were aptly delivered by the resource person.

The second resource person for the day was psychologist Minnie Gongo, who currently works at the District Early Intervention Centre, NHM, Longding. She delivered on the SLD topic. She emphasized understanding the signs and symptoms that differ in terms of reading and writing with that of children of the same chronological age. The different types of SLD, namely dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia, have been appropriately differentiated through practical examples, specific challenges, and do’s and don’ts.

Oyi Pertin, Special Educator at K. Blooming Early Intervention and Learning Center, Naharlagun, the third resource person, spoke on “How to teach children with ASD, ADHD and SLD”. She mainly focused on the perspective of the teacher being empathetic, to provide a listening ear to meet the needs of special children and generate awareness and acceptance along the same lines. The final message for creating a safe and positive environment was also highlighted.

The program officially ended with the closing speech given by Joshy V. Kurian, Principal of Good Shepherd School, Naharlagun. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Kaveri Haging, Member Secretary, Ayang Multi-Purpose Co-Operative Society Ltd.

Nearly 60 participants attended the physical mode workshop, which included special education (SD) students from Hills College of Teacher Education, Lekhi, as well as faculty members from Good Shepherd School.