Learning disability (LD) is a prevalent problem among Indian children. Due to poor awareness among teachers and parents, children with LD face many challenges in school that adversely affect their self-confidence and career prospects. The present case study describes a novel community-based awareness program for LD. Occupational therapy students performed street plays, a culturally relevant art form in public places and schools, depicting the symptoms of LD, effect on the child and family and management. The program also involved a pilot workshop for 20 primary school teachers emphasizing on early signs and symptoms, their critical role in early identification during the formative years of a child, behavioral issues and management strategies. The program required engagement of key stakeholders, namely the university, healthcare team, district education department, schools, civic authorities and philanthropists in the community. It demonstrates how occupational therapists could liaison and develop creative partnerships to serve community needs.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Occupational Therapy