The book is a tribute to the child in all of us
– Dr. David Ratnavale, Consultant Psychiatrist, USA
…through research, study and practical assessment specific to our country, the Chitra Lane Way tells the truth, gently and firmly. It shows each parent, caregiver and educator how to be the best version of themselves so that in doing so they may maximize the abilities and independence of the children in their care.
Through this work, Chitra Lane introduce their pioneering program in managing ADHD. Through this I have learned that if I can make my child sit at the table for meals 3 times a day and extend the pocket of time by a minute each day, she will be able to concentrate on her studies for longer each time.
Through this book, we learn that we do not yet know the effects of screen time on any of our children. As we as parents often go for the quick fix, this book teaches us that by the time we know the effects of ipads, mobiles and increased technology, we will be at least a generation too late…
Because of this book, we know that learning difficulties like Dyslexia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalcula have the effect of making children feel stupid, particularly in mainstream schools. We are made to understand that all abilities and disabilities are on a spectrum – and where a child may be compromised in one area, they have immeasurable talent and fortitude in others. To see this in every child and to adapt to their particular skill, is what the Chitra Lane Way teaches us.
I can honestly tell you that the Chitra Lane Way is one of the best books I have read. It is brave, it is detailed and it is full of Love.
– Radhika Philip, Publisher/Editor
What this organisation has achieved is truly impressive, and the learnings that they have gained over the years are contained in this book. It isn’t a scientific review nor a teacher’s instructions manual. It is a genuinely interesting read for people of all backgrounds, even if they do not have any direct involvement in the subject of learning disabilities.
I read it the first time out of interest, after learning about the work of the Chitra Lane Welfare Society, and it deeply widened my perspective and understanding of different disabilities and how to manage them. The case studies help to explain concepts in a concrete way and show how effective their methods are, and success stories make it a beautiful positive read. Years after reading the book I ended up working on a social enterprise for people with disabilities, and the tips given in this book turned up being extremely useful. I would highly recommend it for all family members or teachers who might feel discouraged, as this book will give them practical tips, but also encouragement.
– Virginia Rollando, Virginia Rollando is a Sustainability consultant for projects in multiple countries through the company ESS, previously managing Sustainability, Diversity and Inclusion at Saitex International in Vietnam, a garment manufacturer. She holds a Bachelor and Masters in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Cambridge
About the Authors
Co-founder and President of the Chitra Lane Welfare Society for Children with Special Needs.
Kishani Gunewardene, B.A. Education (USA)
Special Education Consultant
Nishalie Fernandopulle, B.A. Psychology (Hons.) (India), M.Sc. (UK)
Manel Goonasekera, B.Sc. (Ceylon), M.Sc. (Sri Lanka) PhD (Sri Lanka)
Nelun Ratwatte, Diploma in Pre-School Teacher Training
Senior Special Educationist
Indira Athurupana, B.Sc. Speech and Language Therapy (Sri Lanka), Dip. in Special Education
Speech and Language Consultant
Sohani Hettiarachi, B.Sc. (USA)
Senior Special Educationist
Uthpala Savithri, B.Sc. Speech and Hearing Sciences (Sri Lanka)
Speech and Language therapist
Thenuga Balakumar, B.Sc. Speech Language and Hearing Sciences
Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathologist
In addition to those directly involved in contributing articles to the Chitra Lane Way, we acknowledge that the Chitra Lane knowledge base is a result of the thinking, training and skills contributed by many doctors, specialists and other caregivers over a period of 50 years. The thoughts and ideas reflected in this book and at the Chitra Lane organization belong to them as well. Although not all have been mentioned here, we thank each and everyone, including local and foreign volunteers, for donating their time, knowledge and efforts towards making Chitra Lane what it is today. Special mention goes to the following:
Dr. George Ratnavale, M.D. (Lond), F.R.C.P. (Lond)
Dr. H. V. Perera, M.B.B.S., D.P.M. (Eng.), F.R.C.P. (UK)
Dr. David Ratnavale, M.D.
Dr. Duru Kumara, M.B.B.S. (Ceylon)
Kumari Wickremeratne, M.A. (UK)
Consultant Educational Psychologist
Shakuntala Senewiratna, M.A. Special Educ. (USA), Pg.Dip. Speech & Lang. Difficulties (UK)
Special Educational Consultant
Jane Marson, M.A. Educ. (UK)
Specialist in learning disabilities
Charmalika Mendis, M.Sc. (USA)
Naadia Nazeer, B.A. (Hons) Communication Disorders (USA), M.Sc. Communication Disorders (USA)
Speech and Language Pathologist
Seema Omar, B.Com. (India), M.A. Applied Psychology (India),
- ISBN: 9789553664020
- Publisher: R. Parker Publishing (Pvt) Ltd.
- Published: January 2018
- Pages: 219
- Binding: Hardcover