Thursday, 9 July 2015

Teachers' Workshop Report: Learning Hinderances

Trainer: Ms.Afshan Jabeen - Ripples 
Participants: All teachers from GTs and OM 
Venue: ILS - Open Minds! ! 
Date: 4th July 2015 
Time: 9:30 - 2:30pm! ! ! !  

The workshop was planned to address the different types of hinderances that a child might face while learning. The hinderances could be either mental or physical. The teachers need to be aware of the different kind of issues that a child could go through due to developmental delays. Without proper understanding of such issues, there could be chances where the teachers might not be able to acknowledge the problem and could lead to labeling the child. 

Ms.Afshan Jabeen, from Ripples, was approached to handle this topic to introduce all such issues to the teachers as they are the ones who build a child’s confidence. This workshop has helped all the teachers in understanding the reasons behind few behaviours that children exhibit in classrooms. It was an opportunity where a teacher can acknowledge the different aspects of learning and behavioural patterns of the child and can be more sensitive. 

These were the issues discussed, as to how the child with any of these difficulties could behave or react in a situation. What symptoms to look for and what could be done for addressing it.
• Cerebral Palsy (C.P) 
• Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
• Down Syndrome (DS) 
• Intellectual Disability 
• Children with below average I.Q (Slow Learners) 
• Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 
• Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) 
• Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) 
• Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD) 

The teachers were interested and wanted to take this learning further. The details of Ripples was shared with them and they could study further. Ms.Afshan is also trying to find a suitable Special Educator for us, who could work across all the 4 schools to address any such special needs. 

All the teachers from Globe Tot’ers - Jubilee Hills, Gachibowli and Gopannapally and Open Minds were a part of this workshop. The feedback received from the GT teachers and Center Directors was very positive and they could even discuss the way forward in this area. 

Report by: Ms.Padmaja Penmetsa - Life Coach

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