Shankar Bennur

MYSORE: Parents, mainly mothers, of children with communication disorders will soon become computer literate. They will be specially trained in computer basics, use of the Internet and browsing techniques to support the initiative of the Mysore-based All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH) in addressing the needs of children with special needs.

Children with communication disorders such as autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment and mental retardation, and delayed development are given early stimulation and intervention services at the age of two-and-a-half years at the AIISH-run pre-school centre here.

The parent has to compulsorily accompany the child daily to the centre and understand the concepts taught for the child’s growth, which also enriches their knowledge on training their children on leaving the centre.

During four hours of daily training, the caregivers will have at least two hours of free time when the therapists and faculty members will be orienting children at the classrooms.

In order to make use of the free time and equip them with useful skills such as computers, the institute has come forward to impart computer training on them. At present, 170 children are trained at the pre-school centre. Each parent will attend computer training on the AIISH campus. The computer classes, in batches, will begin on the occasion of International Day of persons with Disabilities on Thursday.

“Mainly the mothers who accompany the children used to move around the campus in their free time. We thought of making them computer literates to understand basic operations and Internet to update their knowledge with available sources on the web in improving their child’s condition,” explains AIISH Director Vijayalakshmi Basavaraj.