Mysore/Mysuru: For the betterment of special children, Government of India has said that all the Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools across the country should have one Special Educator, said Dr. M. Pushpavathi, Director of All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), Mysuru.
Delivering the presidential address during the two-day national seminar on ‘Paradigm Shift in Early Childhood Education for Children with Communication Disorders’ organised by Department of Special Education of AIISH at its seminar hall here on Monday, she said “Once these children get the facility of Special Educators, they can provide them better coaching method. Special Educators will teach special children in a simple method. In Western countries, each and every school will have a Speech Pathologist, Special Educators, Physiotherapist and Application Therapists.”
“Early childhood is a crucial phase of growth and development. Knowledge acquired during early childhood can affect the entire course of an individual’s life. Education during this period is fundamental and can significantly shape the later years of an individual’s life. He or she may not understand or make the sounds of speech. The child may also struggle with word choice, word order, or sentence structure. For children with communication disorders, it is a vital time to ensure access to interventions which can help them to reach their full potential,” she added.
Earlier, Himangshu Das, Director, NIPMED, Chennai, inaugurated the seminar. This was followed by talks by eminent professionals like Hikari Nishizawa, Senior Special Education Teacher from Japan and paper presentations by professional and students. Alok Kumar Upadhyay, Associate Professor, AIISH, is the Seminar Convenor.