National Dyslexia Month in October, India’s flagship regulatory body for technical education All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has come out with ten tips that would help educators manage students with dyslexia or learning disabilities.

To spread awareness for dyslexia, AICTE organised a two-series webinar involving academicians, medical professionals, and multiple professionals, who are actively involved in working with children with dyslexia and learning disabilities to find out ways for early detection and creating a support system. AICTE Vice-Chairman Prof. M.P. Poonia said that the regulator is in constant dialogue with all institutes on how to manage children with dyslexia and has recently come up with 10 tips that would help educators manage such children with learning disabilities. “The first tip is always praise them. Never criticise them, criticism will not do any good to their confidence. Secondly, such students should not be asked to read loudly in front of the whole class. We also ask teachers not to punish students who have difficulties in learning.

“The social stigma surrounding dyslexia should be shattered, and it will be possible only by awareness programs. A dyslexic child needs emotional support from parents and teachers, and through these webinars, we strongly hope that AICTE will become a driving factor of this much appreciated change,” said Prof Anil D. Sahasrabudhe, Chairman AICTE.

The first series was attended by veterans like Mr Vivek Khare, Venture Capitalist, IITian and has also been a dyslexic child, Ms Rama Tandon, Certified Dyslexia Therapist and Ms Noopur Jhunjhunwala, Monitoring, Evaluation and Partnerships Coordinator at UN Women India.

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