Mental health in children needs to be given utmost importance for it is vital they receive the right nurturing and supportive environment for a bright future ahead.
The Teachers' Training Workshop conducted by Trijog at the renowned Gopal Sharma Group Of Schools, Powai to enable teachers of the pre-primary, primary and secondary sections help understand what students learning concerns truly go through and inculcate more empathy in them through various interesting games and activities.
The main goal was to enforce positive learning, behavioural and classroom strategies beneficial for all the students. Our therapists explained what mental health means, the various kinds of learning and behavioural issues that children face, what do they exactly encompass right from problems with math skills, difficulties in reading and writing, trouble following directions, having poor social skills, temper tantrums and so on.
They spoke of unaddressed mental health issues at school could lead to consequences like underachievement and dropouts. With some simple activities like making the teachers read sentences haphazardly spaced, arranged in the opposite direction, etc, the therapists helped them understand what the child might be going through and how he needs to be made comfortable and not asked to hurry.
Practical and unique classroom strategies like being patient with slow learners, setting short range and attainable Golas, praising them often, creating a buddy system were discussed and given out.
Early intervention and identification of learning and behavioural concerns in children helps finding speedy treatment opportunities, integrate future social environments and re-mediate a lag in skills.
The workshop enabled teachers understand myriad perspectives while the activities helped them gain a personal glimpse into the abilities and thoughts of these children. It left them enriched and equipped with more means and empathy to take care of the tiny tots!