Vital 8 Ways The NGO Mentors Follow While Working With Children With Disabilities
Participation in community activities marks the psychological and mental outgrowth of children, and a child with disabilities deserve an equal chance. As they continue to grow, they will definitely need coaches for playing sports, learning texts and other extracurricular activities. The children with special needs need special training from the experts who know how to deal with children having disabilities. Hence, when the NGO mentors come forward to help the children with disabilities for creating a better India, then, they follow the chief eight ways to keep the children interested and learn in-depth.
Setting up special homes for children with disabilities at specific locations in India, the NGO appointed mentors to take their responsibility of better learning.
First, the mentors introduce themselves and will explain how will they help the children to learn, and why should they learn. Next, they ask them, how do the children think about the activity, hence, giving them a chance to interact. After that, the mentors explain the activity in different steps to them in detail. Next, the training starts.
There are many children with special needs, who perceive sensory inputs differently and are unable to verbalize discomforts. With all behaviour being communication, the mentors are careful of the differences and analyze what is the child's behaviour telling. Here, their parents' or doctor's guidance is necessary for smooth communication.
iii. Applying Common Sense
Before the training starts, the mentors ensure a safe environment with physical and emotional comforts, so the children feel positive support. When the children are let to spend time and share thoughts with their mates, the mentors ensure they are confident.
iv. Abiding by Flexibility
A group is complete in four, and so the mentors involve more than four people and begin with self-dependency. They need to depend on themselves, learn the motor skills, go through motions, and practice together as they should to be clear with the concept. In the process, the children gain hands-on and start developing a sense of self-satisfaction.
v. Remaining Consistent
A group has a common set of goals meant for everybody. During the training sessions, the mentors impart to the children with disability the importance of time and why should the sessions start on time. They are further taught how to follow the directions and be consistent during practices and learning. In this way, the children learn how should they utilize each moment, think of the next best alternative as per the situation needs.
vi. Using the Auditory, Tactile and Visual Cues
Participation in the group activities become easier for the children having special needs when the right cues are set in the environment. They understand the importance of following the instructions, why should they maintain appropriate behaviour and how should they react. Following the cue, the children are taught how should they be a part of the activity. The mentors' affectionate actions and encouraging words are indispensable for helping the children form a positive attitude.
vii. Keeping A Plan As Well As A Back-Up Plan
The best–laid plans often call for a back–up plan, and for the children with special needs, two plans are a must. Everyone needs time for settling down, feeling calm and move freely. Each plan concerns the ability of the participants and focuses on how much can they contribute.
viii. Being Positive
The most important quality for the mentors is a positive attitude that they impart to the kids with special needs. As highly-trained specialists, they can better interact with the children by signing them for more activities. By volunteering closely, they can make sure the children are confident.
Children with disabilities have special needs, and they can surely excel when trained from scratch. To help them take the positive side of life, the NGO members send their mentors to teach and support the children in their journey. Like this, many children are succeeding.
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