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TALENTED: Students presenting a dance programme. Photo:R. Ashok
TALENTED: Students presenting a dance programme. Photo:R. Ashok

S. Aishwarya

Making the mentally challenged independent

TIRUCHI: Individualised education programmes, vocational training, and specialised therapies would make the mentally challenged independent both financially and physically, said R.N. Misra, Group General Manager, BHEL, on Thursday.

He was addressing the 31st annual day celebrations of Arivalayam, a special school and rehabilitation centre for the mentally challenged and hearing impaired children. A patron of the special school, Mr. Misra said that Arivalayam had been catering to the needs of around 190 mentally challenged. It was established at a time when social services for special children were at a nascent stage. Briefing on the curricula, Mr. Misra said it included yoga, music and dance therapies and provided scope for a fast-paced improvement of their physical and mental health.

Mayor Sarubala R. Tondaiman, chief guest, recounted her social activities during the college days and urged philanthropists to associate with social service organisations to channelise their monetary help to the needy. Financial assistance apart, the children must be showered love and affection to bring them out of their low self-esteem and make their life more meaningful.

Details on the academic activities, student profiles, services offered and annual activities earned a special mention at the annual report.

Normal school syllabus was followed for the hearing impaired students from kindergarten to class VIII and the students were encouraged to take part in co-curricular activities. Behavioural modification techniques were adopted to hone their skills and daily practice of yoga was found to improve children's motor coordination, concentration, adaptive behaviour and general health.

For parents

The report also said that training programme for parents were conducted at regular intervals to ensure proper follow-ups of the training offered at school. Two students A. Rajasekaran and Kalamegam were employed in jewellery shop and Al-Angush Food Products.

G. Uma Shankar, president, Arivalayam; D. Arul Pushpam, principal; K. Mohan, secretary; and C. Murugappan, treasurer, spoke.

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