The Dr.Reijntjes School for the Deaf in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

Mon - Fri 07:30 - 13:30


Total Communication

A “Total Communication” method is used. It combines oral and manual techniques, including spoken language, writing, drawing, finger-alphabet and lip reading. All the deaf pupils of the School wear hearing aids donated by the School.

The School has a digital audiometer to do a hearing-test and to make an audiogram. The pupils get speech therapy from a Well-Trained Speech Therapist. (Kelaniya University)

Classes are not based on age but on the cognitive level of the child. All the subjects of a regular school are taught. Much attention is given to subjects requiring the children to express themselves as this is an area where they typically have problems. Suppressed emotions are brought out through drama, via an experienced drama teacher. Dancing lessons are given to the accompaniment of a drum, from which they can receive the vibrations. An artist gives painting lessons once a week. The pupils have won various prizes at art competitions.

In 2005 a new Computer Centre was opened with the most modern equipment for the deaf pupils for their communication.