The Handimachal team conducted a workshop for the teachers of the government schools of Manali and Naggar block on 17 August, with a primary aim of spreading a word about the prevalence and impact of disability on the children of the Kullu valley and Handimachal’s various initiatives to support the special needs children.
The content of the workshop was primarily divided into three parts.
The first part consisted of a brief description of the history of Handimachal foundation, its vision and goals for the future. This was followed by a very informative lecture on disability. Its causes, types and various rehabilitation therapy options were discussed by our Physiotherapist, Dr. Mayur Sharma. The teachers actively participated by wanting to know more about the clinical signs to look for when identifying developmental delays in children and happily volunteered for a demo session on muscle testing too.
The next session consisted of a discussion on Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Adapted Sports. It has been generally noticed that there is a lack of awareness about these therapy interventions. Our Occupational Therapist, Shruti More, conducted a very interesting session explaining these therapy interventions with the help of some famous Bollywood movies. The teachers enjoyed the session and seemed to make better sense of the usefulness of OT/ST/APA interventions.
The last session was facilitated by our Project Co-coordinator and Special Educator, Mr. Benoni. A thought provoking talk about the core values of Education and its changing nature was discussed. A way of inclusion of special needs children in main stream schools was very convincingly talked about.
Kirna’s skillful management and organization was helpful for the smooth run of the workshop.
In spite of the last minute changes of venue from Govt. school Naggar to Govt. school Manali to finally Day Star School Manali, the workshop was successfully conducted and produced the intended impact.
The Handimachal team & volunteers,
Kullu, 19 August 2013