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By now most of you readers would have seen the movie “Taare Zamin Par”, directed by Aamir Khan. I am sure it has touched the viewers’ hearts and has been successful in bringing awareness about a condition called “dyslexia“. But many cinema goers forget the whole message once they get back to their other pressing commitments. But I would like to make use of this forum to explain this condition in detail to all of you so that many parents and teachers  can be sensitized to this issue faced by number of school going children

The word Dyslexia means difficulty with lexicon or words. “Learning disability” is a much broader term that explains the difficulties that many children face in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, calculating, thinking and reasoning and memorizing. A child can experience the difficulty in one or two or more of the above mentioned areas of learning.

These children may experience difficulty in acquiring, understanding and using the language to express their thoughts through speech or writing. Learning disability is also known as developmental dyslexia (as it typically occurs during the child’s developmental years). Difficulty in reading and understanding the words is referred to as dyslexia, difficulty in writing is referred to as dysgraphia and difficulty in understanding the concept of numbers and calculation is referred to as dyscalculia. And the latest phrase coined to explain the child’s difficulty experienced at school is “academically abused”! A very strong term that can make all of us sit up and think over deeply.

Because of the learning difficulties that bog down a child, many secondary difficulties may arise in the form of poor motivation, poor interest in activities, loss of self-worth, low self-esteem, social withdrawal and occasionally speech difficulties too. All this frustrates a child to such a level that it can lead to anger and rage and aggression or it can be the other extreme of depression and suicidal ideations!

……………. to be continued

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This morning while i was going through the Times of India news paper, the news item that shocked me was about a recent death of a boy that was thought to be a suicide and now the parents have come out with the information that it was not a case of suicide, but an accidental death caused by playing a dangerous game called ‘choking game’!

Can games be so bizarre as to take the life of a boy?! How can people keep quiet about the appearance of such games on Internet? It seems, groups of youngsters play this game, wherein, the children try to choke themselves inorder to get a ‘kick’! out of the sensation of suffocation, and look now, the boy has kicked the bucket!

it seems many children have met their death playing this kind of a dangerous game, mostly by hanging, without realizing the serious repurcussions that such an act can have. Many deaths are mistakenly reported as death by suicide. Children believe that it is a ‘daring’ act that can boost their image in front of their peers! And the peer group encourages this. Children even believe that the act gives them a ‘high’ similar to the effect of drugs and they even get to experience erotic feelings! What madness! We have to immediately take up ‘awareness programmes’ in schools to educate the children of consequences of such a game. This can cause death or serious lifelong disability as the brain cells get damaged due to stoppage of oxygen to them.

Can the Internet Policing not ban these kind of dangerous sites? Oh my god, where is technology leading our kids to???????

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