On an average 25 children with learning disability visit Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (or PGIMER) every month to seek treatment, the doctors at the psychiatry department of the hospital revealed here on Wednesday.
At a press conference, they said absence of special educators in majority of city schools worsens the overall development of children with learning disorders. According to them, because of teachers’ inability to diagnose the problem on time, the child ends up suffering from psychological trauma.
“On an average 25 children with learning disability visit the hospital every month. Most of them have reading disabilities followed by writing and calculative. The children are referred to us when they are appearing for board classes- 7th to 10th class,” said Dr Adarsh Kohli, Professor, department of Psychiatry, PGIMER.
Experts from the PGIMER are of the view that it is high time when every school should recruit one special educator.
“Because the disorder is not treated on time, children continue to face criticism in schools, the harsh comments by teachers and others impact the psyche of the child,” said Dr Ruchita Shah, assistant professor, psychiatry department, PGIMER.
PGIMER has even started a community programme where experts visit schools for identification children with learning disorders.
As per doctors, over 80% children reported at PGIMER with learning disorder suffer from low-esteem, and equal number of them have psychological problems like depression, anxiety and not adjusting with peers and teachers.
“Children with learning disorders would be different from the normal children in the sense that they will face difficulty in picking up academic skills specially of reading, writing, speaking, expressing despite having normal vision, hearing and intelligence,” said Dr Kohli.
The doctors label the disorder, when the child is at least 6-7 years old. “The earlier one identifies, better it is for the development of the child,” said Dr Ruchita Shah.