A two day workshop on ‘Intervention and Management of Children with Disabilities’ was organised by the Counselling unit of Shishu Sarothi, an ngo on July 8 and 9, 2015. Dr. M. Thomas Kishore, Associate Professor of National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore was the resourceperson.
He enlightened enthusiasts from all over the state. There were 45 participants which included organisations and individuals from various disciplines and sectors concerning child rehabilitation. The two day workshop organised by the Counselling unit of Shishu Sarothi attempted to train the special educators, teachers, counsellors, parents and care-givers who work with children with disabilities.
This workshop offered different sessions dealing with different topics related to the intervention and management principles for these children. The workshop basically focused on Behaviour modification techniques involving Antecedant Behaviour Consequent (ABC) therapy and Differential Reinforcement in Session 1; The succeeding session involved addressing Adolescence issues such as puberty and complexes including attraction towards the opposite sex and the need to create a positive model leading to placid adjustment to outside environment.
On the second day strategies to manage children with ADHD (Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder) and ADD was discussed in detail. The last session was concluded on identification of symptoms of depression in children and handling depression in parents and children. The interactive session brought about insights into criticisms, new theories and queries.
Dr. M. Thomas Kishore stated “the biggest educators are Mothers and Grandmothers”. He also added a positive family support system is very much important for a child’s holistic development. The reminiscent of the workshop not only brought us closer into the obscure of neuro-developmental disabilities but also on addressing and tackling such issues in day to day life. Shishu Sarothi shall look forward conducting such workshops with NIMHANS in the near future.