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Breakthrough thinking for the differently abled

The Differently Abled need to develop life skills and social skills as much as normal children do. The classroom can only do so much; it is the experience that comes from activity that enables the child to grasp what is taught in the classroom. This is what Breakthrough is doing for the Differently -Abled children of the Baldwin Opportunity School. Says Dr Laitha Pratap, Principal, “We found that the children were quicker to grasp the meaning and imbibe life skills like confidence, tolerance, patience and other leadership skills than in the class room.”

Breakthrough, situated off Bannerghatta Road, is, actually, a Corporate Training Centre focusing on soft skills and team building whose customers include Oracle, Dell, ICICI, OneSource, Herballife, etc.

“Our joy is complete to see that the children of the Baldwin Opportunity school grow in confidence and overcome fear every time they come here,” says Timothy Connors, Program Coordinator adding that it is more important that ‘Breakthrough Thinking’ is part of the curriculum for the school.

Latitha Pratap further explains: “It is part of the curriculum for many positive reasons like the teachers being able to identify the laterality of the child, whether the child is left or right handed. Further, there have been several positive developments like in the case of an autistic child who used to be silent in class but since coming to Breakthrough, he is able to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ confidently and focuses better.” The ambience of Breakthrough also allows the children to experience harmony with nature .The buildings so fit into the natural surroundings that there is clean air and children can learn about birds and flowers by looking at them.

The next step is ‘reverse inclusion’, bringing the normal and special children to interact together at Breakthrough to enhance mutual understanding and dispel stereotypes and stigmas. Breakthrough can be reached at 26347200.

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