Dilkhush Teachers’ Training Centre (Dilkhush TTC) was started in 1971 along with the school, with the specific purpose of giving quality training to individuals who are interested in teaching individuals with intellectual challenges. It is one of the pioneering institutions in the field of special education and its alumni are working in institutions in different parts of India and abroad. The central aim of the TTC has not changed and remains to provide training and develop skills in individuals who work with persons with mental retardation and associated disabilities.
Currently, Dilkhush TTC offers a two-year Diploma in Special Education in Mental Retardation and Associated Disabilities. It is a full time course, aimed at rehabilitating persons with intellectual challenges in the context of their age, degree of severity, family background, socio-economic settings and cultural factors. The course is recognised by the Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI). All individuals who complete this course should get themselves registered with RCI, which maintains a register of professionals working in the field of rehabilitation of persons with intellectual challenges. The graduates of this programme are known to work as Special Educators in Special schools, as Remedial Teachers in other schools, as shadow teachers and as teachers in primary schools.
Dilkhush TTC’s programmes are based on the following principles
1. Provide training that allows an understanding of Mental Retardation, Associated Disabilities, Autism and Cerebral Palsy, multiple disabilities and conduct an educational assessment.
2. Generate and synthesise knowledge on pedagogical approaches, human growth, development and the challenges of learning and motivation.
3. Provide training to various concepts, principles, approaches and skills of curriculum planning.
4. Devise instructional and class room management strategies, behaviour management techniques and appropriate methods of teaching curricular, co-curricular and prevocational skills.
5. Incorporate activities in the classroom to enhance speech and language skills, motor and sensory skills through different pedagogical exercises and programmes.
6. Provide support and learning opportunities for families and associated members of society to participate in the overall education of individuals with intellectual challenges.
For more information about the course, please see details at:http://www.rehabcouncil.nic.in/writereaddata/dsemr.pdf