MNC has been conducting National level workshops in the domain of Early Intervention in Mental Retardation since the year 2004. The objectives are to provide a platform for rehabilitation professionals from across the country to share their experiences and knowledge of new developments in this area. The theme of the workshop was “Early Intervention in Mental Retardation and Associated Disabilities – “Discovering Differences and Developing Strengths.” The 11th National workshop began with an invocation by the Special Educators of MNC and the traditional lighting of the kuthuvilaku. Mrs. Jaya Krishnaswamy, Director MNC, welcomed the gathering and also gave a preview to the two day workshop. The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. P. Jeyachandran, who elicited the importance of the National Workshop and the benefits which accrue from it to all the stakeholders. The workshop was attended by 150 participants including delegates on both days, mainly Special Educators, Therapists and Rehabilitation professionals from different parts of the country, medical and paramedical practitioners, and special invitees. Eight distinguished experts in their fields formed the faculty of the workshop.
Each day saw two sessions. Each session had a workshop conducted by an expert, followed by a presentation by another expert, with a question answer session at the end. The topics were varied and included sessions on 'Individual Education Programme and its steps and forms'; 'Early detection and prevention of metabolic disorders, and their nutritional management'; 'Preparing for self management with Early Intervention and Sensory Integration techniques'; 'Early Intervention towards Mainstreaming'; 'Language development in children with Down’s syndrome'; 'Theatre for children with special needs'; and 'Management of Epilepsy and Seizure disorders'.
The event concluded the second day with a valedictory ceremony. The valedictory address was given by Dr. Neeradha Chandramohan, Director NIEPMD, Chennai. Mrs Priya Rajkumar, Principal, MNC who welcomed the chief guest gave a synopsis of the various sessions of the workshop. She also read the recommendations which emerged from the workshop for the consideration of professionals in the field as well as Government bodies. Dr. Neeradha Chandramohan distributed certificates of participation to the delegates. The valedictory function concluded with a vote of thanks by Mrs Vimala Kannan, Director MNC.
Experts and eminent persons from India in the various areas covered, rehabilitation professionals, public opinion makers, advocacy groups, parents/parents associations, funding agencies and the public participated in the conference. They numbered about 150.
|Workshop||Individualized Education Programme – Process, Steps and Forms||Mrs. Padma Shastry|
|Presentation||Metabolic Disorders – Early detection of Metabolic Disorders in the prevention of related disabilities in children||Dr. Sujatha Jagadeesh|
|Presentation||Nutritional Management of Metabolic Disorders in children 6 years and below||Dr. Dharini Krishnan|
|Workshop||Across Disabilities – Preparing for Self Management with Early Intervention in children with disabilities – CP/ASD/DS||Mr. Karthik Ranganatha Rao|
|Workshop||Across Disabilities - Early Intervention with Sensory Integration techniques||Prof. Nirmala Venkateswaran|
|Workshop||Down’s Syndrome – Language Development or children with Down’s Syndrome||Prof. Usha Dalvi|
|Workshop||Early Intervention for Mainstreaming – Happenings and challenges - MNC||Mrs. Priya Rajkumar|
|Workshop||Theatre for Children with Special Needs||Dr. Ambika Kameshwar|
|Presentation||Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders||Dr. Rema Raghu|
|Valedictory and Recommendations|
Held on - 07th - 08th November, 2014
At : Pastoral Centre, Mylapore, Chennai - 600004