7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

Conference on learning disability awareness

EARLY intervention for children with special needs will be discussed at a conference opening in Bahrain at 9am tomorrow. The two-day conference on Inclusive and Special Education will be held at the Royal University for Women in East Riffa. An optional training day for schools, parents and interested parties will be held on Saturday.

Experts and people who have experienced learning difficulties including three times Formula One Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, who battled with dyslexia throughout his life will talk on the subject.

The event will also be attended by teachers, school administrators, ministry officials and non-governmental organisations.

The event is being organised to raise awareness and introduce with proven strategies in the classroom.

It will offer basic knowledge and tools that will empower teachers to skillfully, confidently and successfully promote learning for students with special needs.

It will also provide parents and concerned parties with hope and the networking support they need to help succeed in schools, community and the workplace.

Motorcar racing great Sir Jackie will present a keynote address in which he will tell his story of triumph on the racetrack. He will talk about how he battled through school but remained undiagnosed until faced with learning difficulties of his sons.

Other speakers include Dr Nasser Al Mosa, who is visually impaired yet holds a doctorate and is the educational affairs consultant at the Education Ministry of Saudi Arabia.

Kuwait Dyslexia Associa- tion chairman Mohammed Al Qatami, who is responsible for standardising and translating the cognitive profiling system - a test to determine learning disabilities will speak on the topic. He will conduct a workshop to train educators on using this test and detect learning disabilities in the classroom.

Those interested should visit or call 36477656 for English or 39342907 for Arabic.

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