I was privileged to attend 5 days of training workshops last week. One was an introduction to working with children who have additional support needs, hosted by our partners Tin Roof Foundation. The others were hosted at our partner schools for children with special needs and covered expressive arts and how to prepare an individualized educational plan for children together with teachers from all the special units in Kandara and Murang’a South sub counties.
I was impressed with the detailed planning and very informative content on how we can enrich the learning through use of expressive arts to make learning more inclusive, participatory and enjoyable in implementation of the curriculum.
The highlight on methods to use in order to communicate with learners who cannot speak or use both hands by training them to communicate by pointing to yes or no cards guided by closed questions was very key to me and most of participants. This will definitely be shared with other care givers I will interact with. This made me appreciate the fact that such learners are can equally participate in communicating with others and are able to express their needs and get support needed from family, teachers and friends.
Another highlight for us was the usage of local and inexpensive materials to make musical instruments and apply on other expressive arts. This dispelled the notion that most people hold of lack of or high costs of learning resources for learners with special needs.
I will purposely use the gained knowledge and skills to train parents of children who have special needs in our outreach programmes and in support groups to make learning more enjoyable and to monitor the progress made by care givers.
The training was so timely for all participants since it is in line with the new education curriculum in the Kenyan education system on competency based learning for all children. Thank you Morag and Michele for selflessly not withholding your, knowledge, skills and services.
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