A teachers’ training workshop on emotional and social needs of deaf children and their families was conducted on April 8, 2010 at the School and Centre for Hearing Handicapped Children (SCHHC) Shillong, Meghalaya for 35 professionals.
The objective of this training programme is for the teachers to understand the child and difficulties faced by families of deaf children and the role of parents and the role of teachers in the life of a deaf child.
At the end of the workshop, teachers were able to recognise and understand the problems faced by parents /needs of parents, the social-emotional needs of deaf children and the importance of a healthy parent-child relationship, They also understood that deaf children cannot be supported by anyone without studying the psychology of the children and also of the parents/families.
The participants were 35 teachers of deaf from SCHHC and two teachers from Massar village in Meghalya through Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre, Meghalaya. The programme covered the rationale behind involving parents and the possible areas where the link between parents and professionals could break down.
A participant teacher said “This training has definitely motivated me to deal with the parents and their deaf children in a better way.” Another teacher said that they learnt so many things and there were so many things that they would have liked to discuss but time was very short.
Most of the teachers said that during the programme they learnt that teachers have an important role to play in the empowerment of deaf children and the parents. Sona Choudhury, a teacher of deaf who herself has hearing impairment, said she would like to teach sign language to the parents as well as the children so that they all can communicate freely with one another.