I returned to Learning Arc on 7 February 2016 for yet another workshop for parents and teachers. It was encouraging to see a packed room and familiar faces from the ADHD workshop in December. This time we tackled Behaviour Management in children with learning difficulties. A lively discussion ensured everybody’s attention. While there were a few sceptics of Behaviour Therapy most agreed on its benefits in children with additional learning needs. Continue reading “Workshop on Behaviour Management”
“Life is difficult.” Thus begins the popular book ‘The Road Less Travelled’ by M. Scott Peck (1936-2005), an American psychiatrist. First published in 1978, the book’s simple language lends to easy understanding. Peck draws considerably from his daily clinical practice as evidenced by the innumerable examples sprinkled across the book. In a four part series I briefly explain the tools Peck writes about to achieve mental and spiritual growth; at the outset he mentions he does not distinguish the two. The four tools are discipline, love, growth-religion and grace.
A vital aspect of rising above the rigors of life is knowing, understanding and accepting that life is difficult. Peck states life is a series of problems and the sooner we realise this, the better. He offers four tools to deal with life’s issues. This post highlights the role of the first tool, discipline. Continue reading “The Road Less Travelled: Discipline (Part 1 of 4)”
In 1961, against the backdrop of the prevalent Behaviourism perspective in Psychology, Albert Bandura conducted his famous Bobo doll experiments at Stanford University. The principles of Bandura’s Social Learning Theory hold true even over half a century later. Continue reading “Bobo Dolls and Learning”
As 2015 draws to a close I can’t help but reflect on the year gone by. Special education is an ever changing, fast paced and challenging field. Working with children is tough, gratifying, stressful and joyful all at the same time! The burn out rate among special educators is extremely high. Personally, the highlight of the year was the chance to slow down. Continue reading “New Beginnings”
I had the wonderful opportunity of conducting a workshop on ‘ADHD in Children and Adolescents’ at Learning Arc, Koramangala (Bangalore) on 13 December 2015. The centre which is owned and run by Ms Sima Bhushan saw a sizeable number of parents and teachers attend the workshop. Considering it was a Sunday morning the large group indicated the magnitude of the issue we have at hand and the importance of addressing it. Continue reading “ADHD Awareness”
I read an article in Times of India that left me heartbroken. It was about children feeling ‘orphaned’ despite having parents as their parents barely paid them attention. The article stated parents’ busy schedules as a primary reason for this. While the article highlighted some extreme cases it would not be a long shot to assume childhood neglect is becoming more common. Continue reading “Parenting Time Crunch”
“How can we focus on teaching our child communication and social skills when she does not even know how to read and write properly?” is a common question asked by parents. While it is important to address a child’s academic difficulties, it is equally, if not more, important to deal with children’s difficulties in social situations. Social skills are required for successful interpersonal relationships and they can have a huge impact on a child’s overall self-esteem. Children with academic difficulties are often plagued by feelings of inadequacy. This, in turn, may make them diffident about social interactions. A lack of self confidence often leads to faulty interactions with peers, ending in rejection. Continue reading “We are Social Beings!”