Helping Children With Learning Disablities

Learning disabilities (LD) are neurological-based processing problems that affect an individual’s ability to learn basic skills such as writing, reading or math. A new study from the University of Melbourne states that every classroom is likely to have two or three children with a learning disability. Moreover, many of them are likely to have more than one learning disability – the most common being dyslexia (the inability to read or interpret lessons and symbols), autism (a neurological disorder in which the child has poor social skills) and attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). In India, 13 to 14 percent of all school-going children suffer from learning disorders.

Oasis India’s ASP tutors are trained to identify and give special attention to those with LD. Fathima, a 6-year-old who is part of ASP in Chennai has problems identifying alphabets, although she puts in a lot of effort to study.

Why is it important to address this? Children are affected the most due to the social issues among them and those with disabilities are receptors of the worst form of negligence. Firstly, adults are unaware of the different kinds of disabilities, especially LD. Secondly, they are in denial.

ASP classes at Oasis are inclusive to all children including those with LD, helping them to learn in their own individual way. Tutors plan and customise their teaching according to the strengths and weaknesses of a child. With Fathima, the tutors started from the basics through activity-based learning. After a few months, Fathima is now able to identify words and letters on her own. Although it is a long and tedious process, the individual attention they receive pays off. Pradeep, a 4-year-old was always inattentive and easily distracted in class. When he was diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactive disorder, they changed their whole approach, according to Kalai, Pradeep’s tutor. She says, “It was very hard to get Pradeep’s attention even for a minute. But with activity-based learning and teaching he has learnt to be more attentive. His parents even see the difference at home.”

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