Special Needs

A Special Diwali / The Diyas’ Blessings

Here are two profound poems by Vatsala. The first poem, A Special Diwali, is her personal voyage. She remembers the demise of her father on this day and also his words asking her to be strong after he has left. The second poem, The Diyas’ Blessings, is a spiritual journey, a prayer to the Light. These verses are […]

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Special Olympics Transforms Challenged Individuals

Special Olympics is the world’s largest sports organisation for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, providing year-round training and competitions to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. Eunice Kennedy Shriver is the founder of Special Olympics. Here’s Anumita in-depth report on the Special Olympics in the Dublin and Hilliard areas. She tells us how this event boosted […]

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Learning to Read and Write all over Again for Autistic Children

As a special needs mother, Anumita shares some of the major learning challenges that Autistic children face. Teaching is adapted according to their special needs. As a parent she had to unlearn traditional pedagogy to learn invaluable lessons all over again. In this in-depth analysis she explains the left-right brain conflict, use of different coloured beads and the […]

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Grim World of Autism: A Slice of Life with my Little Brother Reuel

Joanna shares her experiences of staying with a younger autistic brother, Reuel, for Different Truths. She tells us that the smallest triggers, things neuro-typical people would not even notice, act upon him like bomb-shells, triggering a sensory overload that either causes him to shut down or sends him into a panicked frenzy where he hurts himself and the […]

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How to Support Visually Impaired Children in Schools

Visual impairment is fairly common in autistic children. Others too might have visual impairment. Sarika, a UK-based special needs teacher, gives us useful tips to help such children in schools. “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched that must be felt with the heart” ~ Helen Keller Visual impairment is a permanent […]

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Autism and its Blues

Autism is most complex and often misunderstood. Anumita, a special needs mother, with two children diagnosed under the spectrum of autism, shares her experiences on the World Autism Awareness Day. Life taught her more. The second day of April is dedicated to the awareness of autism. It showed on the calendar of my cell phone. Various friends on […]

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How to Cope with Physical Impairment and Cerebral Palsy in Special Needs Children?

Sarika looks in the challenges of Differently Abled or Special Needs children. She tells us how to identify such a child and details what schools must do. Here’s a detailed guideline. “Children with disabilities are like butterflies with a broken wing. They are as beautiful as all the rest but, need a little help spreading their wings!” […]

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