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Book Review: Educational Therapy in Clinic and Classroom
The idea of providing quality special education to differently abled children is catching up in various countries including India.

It is surprising that no special educational therapy courses are available in India yet. However, various therapists such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, etc., can enhance their skill set through the book "Educational Therapy in Clinic and Classroom"to provide services to children with learning difficulties and disabilities.

According to book, edited by Muriel Barrett and Ved Varma, therapists of any discipline, engaged in work with children and parents, are always keen to share some ideas about their interactions which can lead to integration of their therapy and expertise with specific learning needs of differently abled children.

The book spread over around 200 pages explains how the educational therapist can maintain a focus on children's learning differences and their unique learning styles as well as inform parents to think about how thrusting their own educational experiences could be affecting children adversely.  Such children require specially designed interventions and not tuitions.

The practice of educational therapy includes some specially designed instructional material, remedial work, study skills training, organizational skills, play-way methods and didactic teaching for making children to learn.

In the book published by Whurr Publishers, the first seven chapters of the book have been contributed by educational therapists who are qualified teachers, some of whom became educational psychologists and/or psychotherapists by enhancing their skill set to help differently abled children to learn.

The book illustrates some special teaching techniques involving therapeutic skills and interactive processes.  A chapter written by an educational therapist introduces and illustrates the application of a therapeutic approach to classroom teaching.

The book also focuses on the techniques of educational therapy with an introduction to some theory and practice. Some chapters describe how the teachers' own learning, while working with individual children, enabled them to reassess their own assumptions about classroom behaviour and to value theoretical concepts as a means of understanding their interactions with children and colleagues to produce remedial material and manages cases with learning disabilities successfully.

The book is useful for special education institutions, mainstream schools, therapists, child specialists, counselors, teachers, teacher educators, clinical psychologists, pedagogues and people working in alternative education systems. In India, with 21 disabilities being recognized and Right to Education Act in place, the book assumes all the more significance for a paradigm shift towards inclusive education.

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