Meeting community needs through collaborative partnerships: A case study of a novel awareness program for learning disability using creative art forms

Mehrotra, Shashank and D'souza, Sebestina A (2017) Meeting community needs through collaborative partnerships: A case study of a novel awareness program for learning disability using creative art forms. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 73 (2). pp. 125-127. ISSN 1447-3828

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Abstract

Learning disability (LD) is a prevalent problem among Indian children. Due to poor awareness among teachers and parents, children with LD face many challenges in school that adversely affect their self-confidence and career prospects. The present case study describes a novel community-based awareness program for LD. Occupational therapy students performed street plays, a culturally relevant art form in public places and schools, depicting the symptoms of LD, effect on the child and family and management. The program also involved a pilot workshop for 20 primary school teachers emphasizing on early signs and symptoms, their critical role in early identification during the formative years of a child, behavioral issues and management strategies. The program required engagement of key stakeholders, namely the university, healthcare team, district education department, schools, civic authorities and philanthropists in the community. It demonstrates how occupational therapists could liaison and develop creative partnerships to serve community needs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Creative partnerships; Community; Learning disability; Awareness; Street play.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Occupational Therapy
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 11:06
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2017 11:06
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/149859

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