What exactly do I do to ensure Educational achievements of my child?

It is easy to say that parents should play their role positively but what does that exactly mean? Following are the specific tips for parents to enhance the quality of home training:

    • Get all the possible assessments done periodically. This may include hearing assessment
      • assessment of hearing aid
      • psychological assessment
      • assessment of development of speech
      • assessment of development of language
      • assessment of educational achievements etc
    • Know the results of all the assessment thoroughly well. Assessment reports are mere papers and they remain to be only papers until and unless the parent interpret them meaningfully. Parents may have initial hesitation to read technical reports, but there is nothing that you don’t understand as long as it is concerning your child. Talk to the professionals and request them for an explanation – rather demand an explanation, as it’s your right. you need to know them because only then home training can take better shape.
    • Try to gather as much information as you can. Have appropriate educational placement done. Click on ‘Educational programmes available’ for more details. Remember no home training, no tuition, no therapy can take the place of school placement.
    • Carry out effective home training programme. Home training programme can have two dimensions.
      • Creating conducive home environment. For this you don’t have to devote specific time. But your ongoing activities will have to be tuned in such a way that you take good care of the needs of your child. For example, being a hearing impaired child your child need to be talked to ten times more than any other child. Can you and your spouse give her/him this much time? If you separate talking time from your routine activities, then this is not possible. But as you do your routine tasks in the house involve your child in it. Let him/her see, touch, feel, smell things. Let him/her be part of your activities and TALK TO HIM/HER as you two are involved in the routine activities.
      • What are the appropriate household activities that can be effectively used for talking to a child?
        • Preparation for cooking
        • Actual cooking
        • Arranging dining tableCleaning dining table
        • Folding clothesChanging bed sheets
        • Keeping old news papers, magazines away
        • Arranging cupboards
        • Wiping furniture
        • Watering plants
        • Daily worship
        • Making marked list
        • Carrying out small purchases. etc. etc.
        • The list is never ending and we cannot think of a single activity which cannot be used for talking to the child.
    • Specific time devoted to home training. Talking to your child through the routine activities is important but not adequate. You will have to keep some time aside everyday to spend with your child. During this time you give individual attention to your child. Use this time for
      • taking reading activities
      • auditory training
      • taking studies
      • playing games including language games
      • making scrap book
      • reading newspaper, magazines etc.

Prioritize your time and activities. You are basically busy because of your duties and responsibilities in the home and outside. You may therefore find it difficult to spare time for your child. But it is essential whether you are a mother or a father that you spend at least an hour with your child. This is apart from the time you give to satisfy your child’s routine needs like feeding, bathing, etc. For this, we suggest that priorities of routine activities have to be straightened. What is important and essential can become compulsory part of routine activities. Spending specific and special time for your child HAS to be part of your daily routine – as essential as cooking or going for your job. If you understand this you WILL BE ABLE TO SPARE TIME.

Source: AYJNISHD