Staff Reporter

Educators of special schools told "A comprehensive plan needed to assess the progress of special children"

TIRUCHI: Special educators must prepare an individual education plan focussing on balancing the cognitive and social functioning, the speakers at the `Child at the centre,' a three-day workshop for special educators and community based rehabilitation workers at the Holy Cross Service Society, said.

The workshop stressed on the need for developing individual education plans to meet the comprehensive needs of a special child. The participants of the workshop hailed from special schools and rehabilitation centres from districts including Namakkal, Karur, Pudukottai, Perambalur and Nagapattinam.

Jacques Verfaillie, a Netherland-based psychologist, inaugurated the workshop with a lecture on cognition and intelligence.

In his address, Dr. Verfaillie discussed the components and issues related to measuring intelligence. While Intelligent Quotient (IQ) could be an accurate measure for aptitude, it might fail to indicate the need for early intervention. Only a conceptual analysis of socio-emotional intelligence would serve as a proper indicator of intellectual growth of the children, he said.

He briefed the special educators on the need for bringing out a comprehensive plan to assess the progress of special children and deriving a methodology to create awareness among parents for early intervention.

Henk Van Gils from Fontys University, Netherlands, and the Director of the Society S. Prabakar, handled the sessions on individual intervention plans and developed exclusive intervention plans for 450 special children of the Society.

The Deputy Director Bhuvaneshwari, also spoke.