Albert Einstein once said that insanity is defined as trying the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. He probably said this in context of some scientific experiment, but this principle applies to almost every aspect of life, including primary education for children.
When children don’t perform well at school, most of us get disappointed and label them as failures, without stopping to think whether the child is receptive to the method of teaching used at school. Some kids have trouble acquiring skills like reading and writing not because they are incapable of learning, but because they are not susceptible to the conventional teaching methods we use. When taught with individual care and attention, most of these kids with “learning disabilities” change for the better and become receptive to normal classroom teaching.
But how do schools and parents find such unconventional teachers?
This is where organizations like Prayatna come in.
Prayatna, established in Bengaluru in 1998, helps children experiencing difficulties in acquiring the skills of reading, writing or arithmetic in the conventional classroom. They conduct classes after school hours to help children enhance skills that are required in the mainstream classroom.
After attending classes at intervention centers like Praytna, children with learning disabilities not only pick up the skills they need, but they also become more confident and cheerful.
Anyone reminded of ”Taare Zameen Par” ? Ladies and Gents, “learning disability” is for real and seeking timely professional help is very important for the child’s health.
Prayatna’s website is filled with success stories and thank you notes from parents. Take a look at all the awesome things they do here http://prayatna.org
P.S.: I am very happy to say that a high school friend of mine works at Prayatna. Awesome!
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