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'Coordinated team fun games are more viable for differently abled children'
The physical education training is one the components of the special education trainees, but not much attention is paid to it in the courses.

"If taken seriously, the team fun games with mixed teams of general and special needs children can combine fun, kinesthetic coordination and socialisation," said Kesar Aara, who is a special educator for intellectually challenged children cum sports teacher at Disha - A Resource Centre for Multiple Disabilities - in Jaipur.

An outdoor session was taken as a demonstration for students of diploma and degree courses in special education in which the team fun games of 'passing the ball through human tunnel' and 'back throw of ball and catch' were demonstrated which were meant for intellectually challenged kids.

First, the special educators under training were divided into two teams and they played the two games to get a feel of the fun games. Thereafter, the elderly differently abled children played the games. In the last, the mixed teams of mother and differently abled children played the games. Such games are also viable for children who are wheel-chair bound.

"In order to enhance the social bond between children, their mothers and teachers, their mixed teams should also play. This should be the part of curriculum of the children with special needs and once in a month such games should be organised by the special education institutions to strengthen the sociological foundation of education of differently abled children," she suggested.

However, there is a need to systematise and take seriously the physical and social skills training of differently abled children by producing need-based literature and teacher handbooks, I feel. Even the balls for fun games for such children need to be standardised and competitive games should be de-emphasized.

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