Visual Literacy at its Finest – The New Indian Express
Express press service
KOCHI: Learning is best done when concepts are conveyed to a student in such a way that he or she can assimilate them. And what better channel than to use the sense organs, especially vision for this? This is where visual literacy comes in.
A favorite concept of actor Ravindran, who is an Adyar Film Institute alumnus and has acted in many South Indian films, visual literacy was tailor-made for children with autism. “I had been associated with visual literacy for some time. However, applying visual literacy to children with autism was something that happened unexpectedly,” said Ravindran, who is familiar with the nuances of the program. “This is 21st century literacy,” he added.
Ravindran said he came to attend a program where he happened to mention the various opportunities for visual literacy. “A mother of an autistic child, who participated in the program, contacted me and asked me why this program could not be applied to special children. This piqued my interest. These children are people who have abilities on various spectrums. Some are very good at photography while others are good at music. So visual literacy is actually very good for them,” he said.
Ravindran explains that visual literacy is the ability to interpret, use, appreciate and create images and videos using conventional and 21st century media. “The Project for Autistic Children is a special project organized by the Kochi Metro Short Film Fest. This project emphasizes the importance of visual language, which is used to teach children and thus improve their skills and abilities” , he said. According to him, the project will help children with autism achieve great heights.
“Visual literacy enables deeper interaction with images of all kinds and introduces the process of analytical thinking about representation, meaning and contextual experience.” Therefore, from a curricular perspective, visual literacy becomes very important as we rely more on images and visual communication strategies, he added.
“For children with autism who have language problems, the illustrated presentations will greatly contribute to the development of societal skills. Already, a visual literacy program has been introduced in schools and universities in the United Arab Emirates where I was based for a while,” Ravindran said.
He said images were increasingly used to communicate. “Visual literacy is really an important topic for everyone, not just artists. Today, visual literacy skills are already employed in various disciplines,” he added. According to him, the program will help students reflect, reflect and think with pictures.
Regarding the unique program developed for autistic children, a meeting was held with the Autistic Club Ernakulam, Ravindran said. Initially, 20 nursing students were selected and learned the details of the program, he added.