English language enhancement program at IISM
To encourage the ever hospitable curriculum of inclusive education proposed by CBSE, India International School Mangaf (IISM) junior section organized an orientation program for parents on English Language Skills recently. The program was headed by Dr Rumiya, clinical psychologist, Soor Centre.
Based on the thought that real education is in preparing oneself for quality life, not lifestyle, parents were heartened to understand and accept children with learning disabilities especially in English Language, the medium of instruction.
Difficulty in Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing skills were addressed in terms of dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD and dyspraxia. Co-morbidity, a concept map comprising of aspects of possible contribution for learning disabilities showed clarity on what to expect for parents. Phonological discrimination, attention and retention, font, vowel combinations, word reversal, lack of mental interpretation, disorganized syntax, spelling deficit, spacing, fine motor disability, dexterity, speed and legibility-letter and word formation were discussed in detail.
Early identification and inference was said to be key steps for remedial measures. Assessments, environment, nutrition and emotional support were areas for which help was offered. Study tips on boosting neuro capacity, time management and planning with assertive parenting were stressed. Teachers, counselors and school authorities’ role were highlighted.
As per CBSE guidance, ‘Accommodations’ would be an option at IISM for students with clinical assessments by authorized personal in extreme cases. A good turnout of parents only proved their active participation for the betterment in expression with language skills of their wards.