December 6, 2010 2:51:53 am
Autistic children are very smart and have immense grasping power. They simply have to be taught in a different manner, says Molly Ola Pinny,CEO of Global Autism Project.
Pinny along with two other experts are in the city to introduce a new technique at the Society for Rehabilitation of Mentally Challenged (SOREM) to teach autistic children. The technique,Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA),which is popular in other parts of the world would now be introduced in the city.
Pinny says,Each autistic child has to be given individual attention. The technique involves placing a demand and giving reward. Constant repetition is essential for these children. Someone has to know how to teach the children properly. For this acceptance is the first step. All the people associated with the autistic child from the parents to other family members,teachers and even drivers who take them around need to accept the situation.
The workshop aims to impart training to teachers who would then be able to implement the teaching methods. SOREM has tied up for five years with the Global Autism Project. Thrice a year members from the project would come to SOREM to train teachers. Once the teachers are trained,they would further impart training to teachers from other places.
Promila Chandra Mohan,Honorary Secretary of SOREM says even though signs of autism start becoming visible iat an early age,parents are hesitant to take them to doctors.
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