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Special help for teachers

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, July 06, 2014

TEACHING a special needs children to learn independently according to their ability has greatly helped a small group of teachers in Lautoka.

Sunshine Special Sch­ool headteacher Acura Bainivalu said learning concepts related to occupational therapy provided staff much-needed knowledge to help students.

"Occupational therapy (OT) is something we don't know a lot about and to learn ways to improve our teaching methods for special needs students is very good for us," he said. "It helps us identify each child's needs and strengths and when we have this vital information, then we will be able to teach them according to their strengths."

Nine staff members from the Lautoka-based school were taught the objectives of occupational therapy for special needs children from Projects Abroad Fiji volunteer Amy Crumpton from the United Kingdom.

An OT student, Ms Crumpton, said assessing each child was key to identifying the child's abilities and strengths.

"We try and find the things they struggle with then we help them adapt so that they can continue to live an independent lifestyle, which includes learning in school," she said.





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