Parents of children with special needs face a problematic situation in helping their children to overcome the difficulties and barriers in learning and development. The concept of Education for All (EFA) cannot be achieved without considering the needs of children with special needs. The school and home environments both need to collaborate in developing potential of children with special needs. As the parents play a vital role in educating their children with special needs, developing training or awareness programmes are needed to support them. However the available opportunities are limited in the country for proper education and training programmes for parents of children with special needs. The best method of educating parents of children with special needs is through developing short term courses rather than long term courses because the parents of children with special needs may not be able to dedicate their full time for such a long term course with their family commitments. The training from a short course obtained by the parents will provide variety of supports for learning and development of their children at home. Considering the above factors the Department of Special Needs Education has developed a "Short Course for Parents of Children with Special Needs".
The short course will enable the parents
- To identify different special needs that their children may be subjected to,
- To identify the severity of any disability that their children may be suffering from,
- To select and apply suitable strategies for the specific disability their child/children with special needs suffer from,
- To identify different support services provided by different institutions that the parents can request support from such institutions,
- To develop a supportive home environment for children with special needs
- To develop a partnership with school and community to support children with special needs
- To facilitate parents to overcome challenges in meeting the needs of children with special needs
- To develop positive attitudes towards their children with special needs.
- Workshop 1 - Is my child, a child with special needs?
- Workshop 2 - How do I identify special needs of my child?
- Workshop 3 - Why is early intervention important to support my child?
- Workshop 4 - Should I ask for assistance from other institutions to help my child?
- Workshop 5 - How can I support my child to manage his special needs? (Part I)
- Workshop 6 - How can I support my child to manage his special needs? (Part I)
- Workshop 7 - How can I create a supportive home environment for my child?
- Workshop 8 - How can I help to make the school environment supportive?
- Workshop 9 - How do I build up a partnership with my community?
- Workshop 10 - How do I manage myself to co-op up with the needs of my child better?