Syed Muthahar Saqaf
Veteran artiste Srinivasan draws from his experience teaching techniques for special children
TIRUCHI: There is a proven pattern to make studies interesting for differently-abled children! Artistic movements of body and fingers, flickering of eyelid and body jerk… all count in attracting these children’s attention.
S. P. Srinivasan, veteran artiste in fine arts – drama, children’s theatre, fold art, dance and craft and painting – of Gandhigram University, dwelt on the methodology for the benefit of 40 special educators during a week-long workshop on the theme ‘Dance, Drama and Music as teaching techniques in the classroom’ organised by the Sri Sivananda Balalaya as part of the Teacher Potential Development Programme.
The objective was to equip the teachers to drive inspiration into the classroom process. Creativity, innovation and imagination surfaced strikingly in the methodology, Mr. Srinivasan advocated for teaching a given topic. His finger, eye and body movements signified the kind of communicative function that is effective for teaching at the primary level.
Mr. Srinivasan impressed upon the special educators the need to identify the abilities in such children to train them accordingly. He demonstrated the approach to visualising and getting completely involved while making dramatic movements to drive home the point to the children.
That the duration of training worked well on the participants was evident in their demonstration of the techniques during the valedictory session.
Addressing the session, C. Santhakumar, Director, Spastic Society and Rajendran, Headmaster, K. A. P. Viswanatham Higher Secondary School, commended the efforts of the institution to make inclusive education succeed.
K. G. Meenakshi, the Correspondent of Balalaya, felt certain that dance and drama could be effectively developed as a therapy to train the special children.