To create a "Dyslexia Sensitive" society that identifies and nurtures children with Dyslexia to reach their potential.
- To continue to bring about awareness of the condition and extending it to the college setup
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Parent Support Group
Parents often have a lot of concerns about their children and don't know whom to take these concerns to. Parent support groups are informal groups of people with similar problems where each can provide support to one another. It provides opportunities to parents to discuss various issues, challenges and strategies of helping their children.
Parents of children with a learning disability often have a lot on their plates. Their child's difficulties in school and other related issues can be quite overwhelming. Collective wisdom in a casual atmosphere with people who understand can be quite therapeutic. Learning disabilities and the word dyslexia are still new in our country.
- Before diagnosis: When a parent is called often to school and the parent is made to wonder what is wrong with the child, why he/she isn't performing.
- Diagnosis: Many parents are caught unawares when told by the school that their child could be having a problem and needs to be assessed. Reactions can be that of denial, sadness, anger, pointing fingers at the school etc.
- After assessment, again to be told that their child does have a problem and would need remedial intervention and other therapies is another challenging situation.
- Some children need more intensive intervention and may need to be pulled out from their mainstream school which causes anxiety to the parents.
MDA's Parent Support Group activities:
Madras Dyslexia Association holds Parent Support Group meetings from time to time and often get experts to address the parents on a host of issues. At other times, it could just be sharing concerns among parents of children of the same class. In the past, we have had some meaningful meetings for parents-
- A puppet show clearly showing the difficulties faced by a dyslexic teenager at home and in school put up by a set of enterprising parents of children with dyslexia.
- Talks by Child Psychiatrist , Dr.Jayanthini on understanding Attention Deficit Disorder and learning to manage it
- A presentation onMultiple Intelligence and Transactional Analysis by Mrs Usha Ramakrishnan, Chairperson, Vidya Sagar. Knowledge about Multiple Intelligences is important as it would help parents to identify their child's talents and pursue them in order to enhance their self- esteem. Transactional analysis would help parents deal with their children in mature ways and have less of crossed transactions that are futile.
Sharing concerns help parents unburden and feel they are not alone in facing these problems. With the bond created between them they are better equipped to face the challenges. Parents who are aware and armed with strategies can be the best people to empower their child. Understanding the child's difficulties and the accommodations needed in school, they can be their child's best advocate.