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Each child with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus is different and therefore should have a teaching/training programme which is specifically designed to meet the individual needs of the child.
How a child with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus may be assisted to attain optimal potential is dependent on a structured, strategic classroom programme. The learning process may be slow, but substantial progress can be made through patience and perseverance both on part of the child and the teacher. Teaching strategies are available on the PDF above.
A good teacher-parent relationship is advisable especially in cases where the learning and training must be continued on in the home environment. The teacher should not stand alone in dealing with the child. The teacher should be prepared to liaise with other professionals involved in the management of the child, e.g. educational psychologists, occupational therapists, etc.
Contact with the relevant disability association information, in this case the SBHI Family Support Worker, will provide further support in understanding a very complex, but interesting medical condition. Teaching a child with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus can be a very challenging and rewarding experience. To an interested teacher, the working of the human brain (with hydrocephalus) can be rather fascinating and full of intrigue.
The school environment has a very important role to play not only in terms of educational attainment but also in preparing the child with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus for adulthood and a better future.