Hello Kids - DEEKSHA a preschool in Bangalore invited Ms. Pramila Balasundaram, Founder– Mentor of SAMADHAN, to conduct a workshop on parenting using the drama therapy techniques on 6th January 2018. Since the group consisted of both teachers in the preschool and parents the session was devised to address issues commonly faced by both groups. The session was shared with Mrs. Smitha Warrier a Psychologist who gave a talk on early childhood development; it was interesting, how when the session moved on to the use of drama in childhood development the two presentations came together in beautiful cohesion. A basic introduction to drama, childhood development using drama and the parents or care givers role in providing the needed environment and understanding the development of the child and its importance was followed by role play by four groups of participants who were given separate themes. The selected themes varied from a birthday party to a Tsunami. The enthusiasm and creativity with which these were enacted was proof of how meaningful the sessions were. The participants were encouraged to ask questions and make suggestions. Ms. Pramila’s presentation was enjoyable with the role play exercise in the end. Teachers and other participants received it well as they were new to the topic. They were keen to include drama therapy in their lessons.

About the Founder

Mrs Pramila Balasundaram is the Founder-Director of Samadhan and has a Masters in English Literature and Semantics, Bangalore University. She is trained in Drama Therapy under Dr Sue Jennings, founder of Dramatherapy movement in the U.K and she has underwent hands on Experiential Training course in Germany sponsored by Lebenshilfe, which helped her to launch her NGO...

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