May 23, 2013 | 08:11 PM (BD Time)
23 May, 2013 Thursday
Caring children with visual processing disorder
Md. Zaman Masud :
Children across the world have many types of learning disorders and disabilities and Bangladesh is no exception. There are disabilities such as Articulation Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), Auditory Processing Disorders, Dyspraxia (Motor Planning/Sensory Disorder), Receptive Language Disorder, Visual Processing Disorder, and many others. Despite these disabilities, many of these children have the ability to still succeed, but only if they are given the proper help and assistance that is required on an individual basis.
In countries such as the United States and more developed nations in places like Europe, these children have many opportunities to get the help they need through specialized individual educational programs, special one on one assistance, and ample willingness and involvement from administrators, doctors, and parents. Extra time and care is given to these children to help them better able to cope with the problems, and overcome the obstacles these problems pose. But it is shameful that these types of programs are non-existent in Bangladesh.
The children in our country that have problems like this are in no way getting the help they need and deserve. It is an utter failure of our nation, educational institutions, and society as a whole that we are not able to provide even some of the most basic programs for these children.
In Bangladesh, we have forgotten these children, we have decided to abandon them. We ignore their plight, as if they are just not capable of any success. We ridicule and scorn them. Most of these children are never taken to a doctor or psychologist to even help diagnose the problem, let alone try to find a solution. Our society simply accepts the falsehood that these children are just dumb, that they simply lack the ability to learn, that they were not meant to be something or someone, and that they are just a waste.
This is not the way things are in the United States of America. That is why children with conditions like AD/HD for example, are able to still manage to succeed in that county. In America, these programs are often provided for free to the children and families, and are efficient and effective. Even if we had the most basic type of help for children with learning disorders in Bangladesh, it would be so expensive that almost no family would be able to afford the help. If we want our country to become a better nation, we must first begin with education for our children, so they can lift us up, and this includes education for children with learning disabilities. This is a matter or moral and ethical standards. We cannot simply continue to ignore the children with learning disorders, they are the ones who need and deserve more our help. But unfortunately, we have yet to see any improvement in our county in this matter.
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