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A social approach to handle mentally retarded children

MIND MATTERS: An expert addressing a workshop on childhood mental disorders and therapeutic intervention conducted by the Manasamithra Diagnostic Assessment and Research Centre, Tiruchi.

MIND MATTERS: An expert addressing a workshop on childhood mental disorders and therapeutic intervention conducted by the Manasamithra Diagnostic Assessment and Research Centre, Tiruchi.  

Syed Muthahar Saqaf

TIRUCHI: The visiting Social Work students of the two Swedesh Universities - Umea University and Orebro University, gained first hand information on the problems confronting the autistic and mentally retarded children and the various methods of training imparted to these hapless children at a daylong workshop held in Tiruchi recently.

The workshop on `childhood mental disorders and therapeutic intervention' was organised by the Manasamithra Diagnostic Assessment and Research Centre.

The Swedish students also visited the Manasamithra Vidhya Peetam, a special school for the autistic and mentally retarded children at Kottapattu in the city run by the Research Centre. They also observed the classes and methods of teaching, besides mingling with the young boys and girls.

The Managing Director of the Manasamithra Diagnostic Assessment and Research Centre, T. G. Bhavani Sankar Iyer inaugurated the workshop. The Principal of the Manasamithra Vidhya Peetam, Sheela explained the different training programmes conducted for the benefit of the students to keep them fit.

In the afternoon session, Muralidharan, psychiatrist, delivered special address on the topic `etiological factors of mental disorders' and Ms. Sheela spoke on `basics of disability and issues of disability: Indian scenario'. Thendral and Vasanthi, both also from the Research Centre delivered special address on `occupational therapy' and `cerebral palsy' respectively. The workshop ended with panel discussion, when the participants got their doubts clarified by the experts.

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