CHETNA EDUCATION SOCIETY SPECIAL SCHOOL proudly dealers here that school Charges no money for any Services or Activity that is EVERYTHING IS FREE!
School has some more facilities at no extra cost to parents and derive immense pleasure in maintaining them. We collect each of our child from their threshold to school and vice versa.
We have strictly implemented “Child First “safety norm and installed surveillance cameras in every class room and other vital points and scrutinize footage from time to time. Midday meal is supplied with fully hygiene and sterile eco system. Toilets are flushed and cleaned after every use every time. A well recorded visitor’s book keeps vigil on any visitor.
CHETNA SCHOOL in its endeavour fights the daunting task of convincing the parents in explaining that their sibling is a special child and timely training could override some of the missing milestones. Social beliefs and stigmas try to keep parents unconvinced. Chetna School presents them real time cases of remarkable improvements in such children due to our specific training modules.
CHETNA apart, from teaching and training differently abled children, will also provide speech therapy and occupational therapy services. We believe that the warmth, love and encouragement these children experience here, will explore their hidden potential and help develop their personality.
Special education is an integral part of our training program, through which the educational and social needs of the children are addressed. Chetna School focuses on the overall development of the child to its optimum potential. We concentrate on teaching the life skills that children need for activities of daily life, and help them to be a respected members of the family and society.
Our goal is to help students develop the skills to become as independent as possible and to enable them to succeed in the wider community. Often children are not fully toilet trained or able to dress independently. This is another area for priority and programs are put in place to ensure that within a period of time, they are progressively independent and able to complete such tasks themselves. Parents are also equally involved in this training process.
We focus on making every moment a learning opportunity. Self-help skills include brushing teeth, washing hands and eating independently, which many of us take for granted.
SOME OF OUR THERAPIES/ SERVICES:
We have engaged professional expert OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST, SPEECH THEARPIST & PSYCHOLOGISTS from Mumbai. They visit Chetna school regularly every three months and after medically examining every child thoroughly and arriving to a result they prescribe appropriate treatment to our physiotherapist and the improvement is monitored on regular basis. Similarly the results are monitored for speech therapy and psychological treatment.
Occupational therapy is a hands-on therapeutic approach that teaches basic life skills to give a child more independence. The therapist introduces, maintain, and improve skills. That way, children can be as independent as possible.
These are some of the skills occupational therapy may foster:
The early years of a child’s life are very crucial as in those years the cognitive, social and physical development of the child takes place. The first 3 years are especially very critical because the brain evolves during this duration. But, not every kid successfully passes through these development milestones. There are some of them who do not mature as they should, and have restricted or delayed progression or advancement. If a child face these problems and need support to develop optimally then occupational therapy may be immense help. Occupational Therapy, kids can have enhanced development. Improved cognitive and communication skills and minimised developmental delay.
The therapist evaluates the kid/student and then set out a therapy procedure to improve the processing and enable new learning.
BENIFITS OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR CHILDREN.
• General activities of daily living: – The young ones facing difficulties in daily activities like brushing, dressing, toileting, bathing etc. The therapy helps develop their self help skills in the children.
• Sensory processing issues: – It is generally observed that children with sensory processing issue are unable to synthesize information in basic 5 senses like Sight, Smell, Touch, Hear & taste.These children may experience over sensitivity, under sensitivity or both at different places like home, school or anywhere. Occupational therapy can help those young ones regain the skills.
• Fine and gross motor skills: – Gross motor skill involves the movement of muscle in arms, legs etc where as fine muscle skills involves the use of small muscle in forearm & fingers. Kids having trouble with these skills may experience difficulties in walking, bicycling, writing, holding things etc. Occupational therapy can be used to deal with the condition and eventually eradicate it.
• Kids with Autistic spectrum disorder: – Kids with ASD has trouble in communicating with other people, limited play skills, less interest in activities etc. The Occupational therapy uses different sets of methods and plan, ideal programme, there may include activities to develop co – ordination and awareness and more.
• Kids with cerebral palsy: – The occupational therapy is also beneficial for the one suffering from CP, Muscular Dystrophy & other disorders in which the kid needs a wheel chair. The OT practitioner teaches the kid to use the wheel chair in a proper manner.
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS.
• For Toddlers and Infants :- The common exercise that are included are bath time activities, providing gentle massage, sand and water therapy, feeding therapy, activities using specialised toys to make them deal with light & sound etc.
• Sensory Integration Activities: – These activities include deep pressure, body wrapping, ball pressure, trampoline jumping, ball jumping etc. These activities can be active or passive.
• Co-ordination Activities: – These are designed for the child’s legs and arms so that they can work in an effective way. Their activities includes Sequential jumping, toe picking, hand eye co-ordination activities, ball catching etc.
• Visual perception activities: – Their activities help the child understand the information send by eyes to the brain. Their activities include drawing exact shape give, line, alphabets, jigsaw puzzle etc.
• Activities for fine & gross motors skills: – The basic therapy includes simple exercise of arms, waist, fingers etc. Gross motor exercise includes swimming, hopscotch, wheel barrow walking, walking over an unstable surface etc.
Occupational Therapist collaborate with team ( Parents, Teachers, Helpers etc.) to identify a student’s goals and determine the service, support, modification and accommodation that are required for the student to achieve them.
Additionally they educate/ train the Special Educators, Parents & Helpers etc.
Our Only Motto is to help the children achieve functional independence in their daily life skills.
Speech therapy is a treatment for speech and language disorders. A speech disorder involves a problem in producing words and sounds, where as a language disorder refers to difficulty in understanding words and putting together sentences and ideas of communication like the Occupational Therapist we also have a visiting speech therapist from Mumbai. She visits the students twice annually.
The therapist observes each student with speech and language disorder, prepares a case history after questioning the parents and the class teacher, then does the assessment, prepares a protocol and gives necessary exercises.
She train all the class teachers by teaching them all the necessary speech therapy exercise of each student, so that the teachers are able to take the exercises of each student accurately. Beside training teachers and the helpers she also train the parents of each student who avail the speech therapy so that the parents can take the exercise at home as well.
A separate time table is being prepared for each student to take their particular exercise. The students are being given speech therapy exercise on daily basis.
Following are some of the speech therapy exercise given to our students who has problem in speech and language :- Mouth opening, Tongue tapping, Deep breathing, Oral exercise with vibrating brush, Tongue Elevation, Lip Pressure, Chick Puffing, Exercise for lip strengthening etc.
Besides this speech exercise other reading and vocabulary exercise are given to the students who has problem in language and grammar e.g sentence formation, Picture reading, grammatical words, Command following etc.
Along with the above exercise our students with Hearing Impaired are being taught sign language, lip reading and day-to-day vocabulary
3.PSYCHOLOGIST /Parental Counselling
Awareness will be created among parents of special children.
Provide them with useful tips on how to help, train and educate their child at home.
They will made to feel special about their differently able sibling and realize that their help is needed for their development.
Physiotherapy aimed at helping the children to develop and maintain their mobility skills, joint range of motion, muscle strength and motor skills. They give advice on activities to help to improve their access to the curriculum.
In our school we have full time Physiotherapist. Firstly she observes the students, after questioning parents and teacher prepares a case history of each student, next she carries out an assessment, writes a report, prepares a protocol and gives the required treatment. Besides this the Physiotherapist interacts with the Teachers/Parents/carers, giving programme, training and advice.
Our school Physiotherapist deal with the children with different disabilities e.g Children with delayed milestones, children with cerebral palsy, children who has difficulties with balance and coordination etc. Children with sensory issues, children with identified neurological condition.
Exercises that are given to the students are:-
Balance & coordination exercise
Exercise for sensory issues
Exercises for fine motors and gross motor issues
The therapist also provides equipment which allows the child to be mobile eg walking frames, wheel chairs and also gives advice on postural management.
Needless to say it has been universally accepted that certain Asanas and Postures of Yoga could be best remedial treatment to some ailments. Chetna School has Yoga as a part of Curriculum and training is imparted on regular basis through an expert and qualified yoga instructor; and results have been substantially positive.
Parents are also imparted this training to improve their mental stability and manage themselves to stress.
Training in vocational skills as per their aptitude prepares students to be mainstreamed into society and this training enables the “young adults” to be contributively members of their family and society to the extent possible’ so that in a longer run it could also be their source of livelihood.
With a view to keep children engaged in constructive activity and produce items of saleable nature. Chetna School accepts orders from individuals and/ or Institutions to manufacture seasonal as well as regular items. These orders are accomplished by students under close supervision from trained teachers. The income generated is shared to all engaged children after necessary cost of raw material has been deducted. This also inculcates self dignity, pride and a sense of usefulness to society.
Some of the vocational skills will include
1. Paper Bags making, File Making, Candle & Diya Making, Paintings & Greeting cards making etc
2. Kitchen Trainings
3. Shopping Skills
4. Handle and maintain cash
Unfortunately, most children with special needs do not have friends or neighbours who accept them. So, besides giving them different sports trainings we will also invite regular kids at our play area to play & to celebrate their birthday parties etc.
Music has the ability to neutralize negative feelings and enhance the body’s natural stress tolerance level. A variety of special needs can be positively impacted by music therapy, that is why our school has a full time music teacher. We have each period allotted to each class for music. Music Sir along with the class teacher teaches the students different kinds of music and songs. Besides this, the students who are capable of learning musical instruments are taught to play musical instruments eg Keyboard and guitar.
Every morning after assembly, there is a music period for Care Group class, Pre-Primary and Primary classes. The students actively participate in singing action songs, rhymes along with their class teacher and music sir. Students who are verbal joyfully sings the songs while doing actions, whereas children who are non verbal actively participate in class only doing the action.
Music Therapy helps the children in improving their fine & gross motor function, concentration, alertness and the reduction of muscle tension.
In our Care-Group class ( Autism class ) soft background music is played to keep student calm and relaxed.
A popular choice among special educators is dance therapy. It can benefit a child in several ways. Every morning during the assembly sessions along with the exercise there is also Zumba dance for the student, when some students who doesn’t like to do the exercise they actively participate in dancing.
Besides Zumba dance there are dance periods for all the students every Saturday. During this dance period all the students along with their teachers participate on the rhythm of the bit. The students are taught different kind of dance forms e.g Hindi record dance Folk dance etc.
Dance Therapy helps the students to relief their stress, increase their confidence, it allow them for creativity and also to express their emotions. It is a great way to increase fitness and gross motor skills development.