Look for Signs of Autism

News of an autistic disorder in your child could be like a bolt from the blue. Why weren’t we told about it earlier, you wonder. Though that would not have reduced the intensity of the problem, it would have given you time to prepare yourself to face the situation head on. Besides, like any other… [ Continue Reading ]

FAQs on Special Needs

All handicapped people are retarded. Intelligence is only affected if a person is mentally retarded or gifted. Mental retardation can range from mild to severe. The diagnosis is based on the IQ levels and functional development level. Gifted people are those who have above normal IQ. Other than these two conditions, other disabilities do not… [ Continue Reading ]

Training for Special Educators

There are a variety of courses offered in the field of special education. Since the techniques of working with each disability are different, the courses are also specific. Hence a special educator would either be trained to work with the Mentally Challenged or the Hearing Impaired or the Visually Impaired and so on and so… [ Continue Reading ]

The Need for a Support Group

In the last decade-and-a-half, in India, as the spotlight has been turned on the needs of the child, the issue of parenting has assumed significant dimensions. The idea of sharing experiences and information relating to the many aspects of child development and nurture, has gained ground. It is this search for community that has brought… [ Continue Reading ]

Special Education – Some Signposts

What is special education? Special Education is the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of physical settings, teaching procedures, special equipment and materials, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs, to achieve the greatest possible self-sufficiency and success in the school and community. All children exhibit individual differences in terms of physical… [ Continue Reading ]

Garments for the Visually Impaired

A fashion designer named Wendell Rodricks launched his Visionnaire collection in Mumbai recently. The garments look like any other fashionable range. There are ready-to-wear tunics, palazzos, sarongs, wrap-arounds, halters, shirts and accessories for men and women. But if you look closer, you will notice that they have interesting patterns embroidered on them. These are actually… [ Continue Reading ]

Are the Blind a Resource or a Liability?

Affected since childhood, Abraham made a habit of excelling in everything he did, be it state-level athletics in a “normal” school, college at the prestigious St Stephen’s, a productive career with advertising giants Ogilvy and Mather, or the organisation of the first ever World Cup Cricket for the Blind, in 1998. He is the recipient… [ Continue Reading ]