Two-day work shops were held in October for teachers from different institutes in Gujarat on the use of the teaching and learning kits designed and produced by Umang School, Ahmedabad in collaboration with VAANI. Over a 100 participants attended these workshops which were held in Bhavnagar, Amreli, Himatnagar, Kapadvanj and Ahmedabad.
The workshops began with a short presentation and discussion about communication, language and speech along with a few simulation exercises. This was followed by intensive work with the kits. During the demonstration and discussion, multiple levels with different complexities of use were discussed. The use of large pictures was demonstrated and discussed.
On the following day, the sequence stories, visualised conversations and verbs were discussed. The auditory training CD ‘Learning to Listen’ was also demonstrated to all. Kits were given to the participating Institutes. The response to these workshops, and to the wonderfully designed kits, has been very positive, and more such workshops will be held in the coming months.