The matter of sibling involvement was a point brought up at a parent forum at PRAYATNA, Bengaluru. Parents are often overwhelmed by the problems exhibited by their special child that they fail to provide adequate attention to the siblings of such children. Ms. Arati Devaiah, a psychologist in Bengaluru, was a guest speaker at the forum and spoke about the significance of a sibling’s involvement in a child’s difficulties. Ms. Devaiah felt that explaining what the issue is to the sibling demystifies the problem for them. Getting the sibling to help a brother or sister with difficulties by reading to them or by assisting with homework is a good idea too.
An embarrassed Kiran showed me his English test paper on which he had scored poorly. A quick glance revealed that the fifth grader from a reputed school in Bengaluru had to work on a number of aspects of grammar and spelling. What struck me most about his paper was that it was replete with negative remarks and cross marks. On several subtests, the child had scored full marks, but the teacher had not written a single ‘Good’ on his paper. A unidimensional focus on what a child has done wrong without acknowledging what he has got right can indeed be demotivating. Continue reading “Praiseworthy”
It is not uncommon to find parents seeking special education services for their child while leaving the school and teachers in the dark about it. Very often, a fear that their child may be deemed unfit to study in a regular school, prevents parents from opening up to teachers. While some teachers are not aware of the types of learning difficulties, most teachers have some degree of awareness. However, they should also be open to helping children with learning differences by exhibiting some flexibility in their expectations. Continue reading “Parent-Teacher Communication”