Jan 29, 2020

Marat's meaningful achievements

Marat & his tutor
Marat & his tutor

Marat’s story. 

Doing arts&crafts has never been a simple task for anyone, especially for a child with special needs!

At the beginning of training, Marat faced many obstacles: he did not understand the frontal instructions and could not grasp the idea of completing tasks, being able to orientate himself on the actions, poorly developed motor skills, lack of self-regulation. The long duration of the lesson did not help Marat to concentrate.

But guess what! All these skills were formed, developed, and fixed by the tutor, whose work is paid by your donations!

The tutor worked individually with Marat on the development of excellent motor skills such as: developing writing skills with different writing instruments on various surfaces; the ability to cut materials of different densities with scissors, from short lines to angular shapes.

Tutor combined the simple instructions he could follow and worked out the sequence with Marat. With all this work, it was essential to develop the ability to sit for a longer time period during the lesson, gradually increasing the time for an individual lesson from 15 minutes to 45.

Now Marat follows the frontal instruction of the teacher, performs a specific part of the assignments independently, and follows the rules of behavior at the lesson! Win-win-win! 

Of course, without the assistance of the tutor, it is difficult for Marat to get involved in the craftsmanship process, keeping up with his peers. Still, the tutor’s work on developing the child’s skills continues every school day and always needs our attention and support!

Thank you for your donations! They help children not to be left out.

Dec 23, 2019

Our Home - why is it so unique?

I want to tell you about the kindergarten that you help us support.

Since 1992 it’s been working under the same principal, Elena, a fantastically dedicated person. The staff includes a neurologist, a neuropsychologist, an occupational therapist, and now, thanks to your help, it features ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapists as well. The earlier children start ABA, the easier they can be included in schools. Applied behavior analysis is also a formative educational experience that teaches children to spread the values of inclusion by being accepting and understanding of others.

The kindergarten has received several governmental awards, but its most cherished awards are testimonials from the parents of happy kids. Here is one: “A great team, amazing attitude to children, a warm, cozy environment. Each kid is approached in a unique manner; whenever there are problems, teachers always talk to parents to find a solution together.

They might ask for your advice or recommend something. They will always tell you how the kid is doing, how the adaptation is going, whether he or she is comfortable in the group—it’s really important for newcomers. If bigger problems arise, you can get help from the psychologist, speech therapist, or neurologist. We also enjoy pleasant features such as fairy tale-shows before nap time, singing to a guitar, and extracurricular activities of all kids.”

Principal Elena always interviews parents of new students personally to find the group that suits the child’s needs and interests the best. Her phone is ringing nonstop; the demand is enormous; many parents move to the neighborhood to get in.

Meanwhile, we are helping Elena and her team by sharing some of their costs.

Sep 17, 2019

Our Home

Dear all, how was your summer? Are you ready for a new school year?
We are starting our school year with a new partnership. Zhuravlik Foundation now has PreK friends that we help to include! 

The kindergarten "Nash Dom" which means "Our home" is the second Home for kids with a need for special education. The demand is such, parents in Moscow are ready to drive their children from remote parts of town to get in.
A properly organized and well managed inclusive environment helps every child to master social and everyday life skills. What's even more critical, Our Home allows kids to prepare for a future study. Our Home has short stay groups for little ones and also mixed groups based on Waldorf Method of Teaching.

Our Home exists for nearly 20 years, but over last years it has become more difficult for Our Home to accommodate new kids due to lack of payments for tutors.

Tutors at Our Home see every child as a unique person. They are devoted and committed, and we need to support them in building a more inclusive society/ growing a more inclusive generation.

We are raising money to pay for tutors at Our Home for a year.

Please, support us.
Those kids need you!

 
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