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- Jan 13th, 2009, 01:39 PM #1
- Jan 13th, 2009, 02:55 PM #2
The situation in Pak is really tough for children with special needs and their parents. Facilities are few and far between and those that there are - are always over burdened. There is SUCH a need for special-ed teachers and special needs docs and therapists....the very sad thing is that many parents of SN kids in Pak keep them at home and do not educate them thinking that they're doing the kid a favor...which is SO not true. Even the most handicapped of children can learn to be productive citizens with the proper teaching and therapy.
I've spent some time looking around and was not able to find any school other than the one I told you about...but I'm sure if you contact them, they would be more than happy to provide you with whatever facilities might be available in your area.
Meantime...early therapy sessions are pretty easy, all things you can do yourself. And as you travel down this road with your daughter, you will learn as much as she does...making you an extremely rare and valuable asset to your country and the children there who need you!
I wish you the very best!
- Jan 14th, 2009, 09:28 AM #3
Boredom how old is ur child?
- Jan 14th, 2009, 09:37 AM #4
Her girl is age 2 and a half I'm pretty sure from earlier posts.
- Jan 14th, 2009, 09:40 AM #5
^Thnx mamof3 if the thread opener can give some more details on the child, i will try to dig up some things tht she might find helpful...
- Jan 25th, 2009, 08:24 AM #6
she will inshallah turn 3 in april.... she has grand mal epilepsy and is developmentally delayed, she can only say and understand few things....
pray for my angel
thnx in advance
- Jan 26th, 2009, 11:27 AM #7
- Jan 26th, 2009, 11:42 AM #8
I unfortunately never got to Peshawar but am SO looking forward to the day that I get to go there. I have seen Islamabad, Abbottabad and Lahore. Only for a couple of weeks each time. My hubby grew up there, I grew up here...and would not hesitate to move there if things were a bit better as far as special-education...and yeah, safety. I mean I NEED my KFC fixes every now and again...and those places seem to have a big target on them yeah?
But if your curiosity is because you wonder where I get the info about the schools...I have family in the area and I have sharply honed google skills lol.
- Jan 26th, 2009, 07:12 PM #9----
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I don't live in Pakistan so I can't help you out there, Boredom. But I teach reading and I've worked with slow learners. Here are some strategies that I suggest for your daughter. READ READ READ READ ALOUD TO HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Parents underestimate the IMMENSE POWER of reading aloud to children. Slow learners struggle with comprehension/understanding things. And kids who struggle with reading comprehension..........they're gonna struggle in ALL subjects. Cuz reading comprehension is the basic fundamental for all academic areas. At such a young age, it's best to read the same books out loud several times to kids. So start early Boredom. I know that you want to find a good school, but you have to reinforce what kids are learning in the home as well.
So read aloud to your daughter everyday. Some people even recommend 3 times a day. Read to her before bed, it's very relaxing. And get books of all kinds. Fairy tales, fiction, and non-fiction books about animals, plants, seasons,planets, etc. Kids learn sooooo much through books. And they pick up and learn words, vocabulary, fluency, prediction, critical thinking skills. Through read alouds, kids will also increase their understanding of different things and they learn what written/spoken language looks/sounds like.
With slow learners, it's best to break up complicated tasks into smaller and easier steps. Instead of giving her several directions at once, give her one direction at a time. And MODEL MODEL MODEL. You have to SHOW kids how to do things whether its tying shoe laces or solving a math problem or holding a pencil. Kids learn best through repeated modeling.
When it comes to directions and answering written questions, it's best to sit down with a slow learner and attack the directions and questions one by one. You may need to word them in a simpler manner.
When it comes to math, it's good to use manipulatvies such as blocks to teach counting, addition, subtraction, fractions.
You can start some of these things at home little by little so that your daughter will feel more comfortable once she starts school. Boredom, how are you daughter's fine motor skills. Playdough can help strengthen her hands and fingers. Now would a good time to get your daughter to start holding a pencil and writing her name, letters, numbers. The best way to do this is to take primary lined paper and write her name on the paper with a yellow marker. And then have your daughter trace her name with a pencil on the yellow markings. It's an effective way to get kids used to writing. And if you have her do this on a daily basis for a few weeks.........your daughter will soon learn how to write her name by herself as well as letters and numbers. I did this with my preshcool students and it's just a matter or routine and reputation and eventually they catch on.
Your daughter is still young, Boredom and there is an advantage to that. Some researchers suggest that if you start teaching kids from a younger age and provide them stimulating information (books, blocks, field trips, etc), then you can increase their intelligence......even for slow learners.
- Feb 1st, 2009, 07:54 AM #10
Im gonna concentrate on the development delay u mentioned, I have a few questions
1. have u checked out ur Daughters hearing? 1 in 5 children have glue ear which effects their learning becoz they cant hear whats been said to them, so I would definitely get it checked out. Or another way to check a child's hearing is put a few kidney beans or chick peas in a camera film container go up to the child and shake it behind their ear with out them knowing, and see how quickly they respond.
2.Speach? does she have a speach delay? I dont know if in pakistan u have spech therapists, but agian get it checked out if u can....
3. Does she have an understanding? e.g. will she respond to u when u talk to her? e.g. through body language, sounds, face gestures etc....
What my advice to u would be is to observe her and concentrate on what she can do, and what she enjoys to do. And encourage her to learn through play based on her interests, e.g. If u wanted to support her writing, u would observe her and find out what she likes, she might like Cinderella. So get her loads of cinderella pictures to cut out(which will help her to develop her hands and finger skills) get her to stick them down on to paper, make books, cut out cinderella words and letters, use pens and markers etc.
U say ur Daughters development is delayed so what we want to do is think of a way to make is easier for her to understand in small simple steps..
write up a list of things tht she does well, and another list of things u want her to develop, think of ways tht u can develop those skills by making it fun for her. Remember we want children to want to learn, and not to find learning a chore..
Last edited by CE; Feb 1st, 2009 at 08:07 AM.
- Feb 1st, 2009, 08:00 AM #11
If it's possible I would suggest you get her one2one attention at home, and take her to a playgroup a few times a week with an adult, so she can interact with other children....
- Feb 1st, 2009, 05:20 PM #12----
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My cousin whose son has aspergers left Pakistan because the school system was not equipped to help the child. The guy left a senior level position in a multinational in islamabad to move to Uk for his kid.
if Islamabad has such issues than I dunno about peshawar. I would suggest that you try to take him to the right specialists, and as far as types of activities that can help, you may have to do them yourselves, it may even make sense to have the child get private education at home where you have more control over the situation and can work alongside the tutor to meet the needs for the child.
essentially you and the tutor may have to tag team the role of a therapist. talk to specialists there and see what they suggest to do.Your friendly neighbourhood fraudiya loafer luccha lufanga awara ayaash aubaash ghunda badmaash man
- Feb 1st, 2009, 06:48 PM #13
PPl think in Pakistan you can't find things. I don't know enough about Peshawer as I visited a few times.
Ask ppl in Peshawar. Search on net. You must find some place. Insha Allah.
- Feb 1st, 2009, 06:55 PM #14
Masha Allah in those week you got all the knowledge about Pakistan. You are so genius. I lived in Pakistan for whole my life except few years but I didn't get enough knowledge of Pakistan.
So you find about Pakistani things through google lol.
I haven't found my school on google. Does that mean it doesn't exist. I didn't find any of my school in google. No matter how much I googled. lol
I'm so proud of your google knowledge.
- Feb 2nd, 2009, 12:28 AM #15
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- Feb 2nd, 2009, 07:28 AM #17
Your tone was indeed insulting Gr8 and intended as such....but that aside, you don't have to reside in Pakistan to discover the pathetic state of education for special needs children in Pakistan. Sure, not each and every school has a website but there are ways to find out what types of schools exist, how many there are and whether they are cabable of serving the population who needs them. Have you done any reading or asking around at all on the topic of special education in Pakistan? I have.
- Feb 2nd, 2009, 08:38 AM #18
No my tone is not insulting just trying to explain. Dil saaf ho to nazaar bhi saaf ata hai.
Masha Allah for your reading and asking about the topic of special education in Pakistan.
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