Education  India Project #58259

Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children

by Heart and Hand for Handicapped
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Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children

Project Report | May 26, 2023
Construct Center for Autistic & Dyslexic children

By Dr. Deepa Raja PhD | Project Leader

With the outbreak of the Covid’19 pandemic, the world underwent a major shift andthe concept of social distancing and quarantine constituted the new normal. This abrupt change affected different parts of the population giving rise to mental healthissues. One such section of the population is that of children with Special

Educational Needs and Disabilities. The lack of human interaction combined with self-quarantine took a toll on such children.

We at the Institute of Quality Education were compelled to abide by the rules of thenationwide lockdown imposed in the country. Hence, our institution also faced a quick shutdown from March 2020 till June 2020. The fact that we could no longer meet our children due to the vicious virus on the loose made us uncomfortable andour staff felt a yearning for the kids. We could no longer hold ourselves back and finally kick-started our online sessions from the month of June.

Fortunately, our students also felt the same way and joined the online session with zest and enthusiasm. Soon, the difficulties of the online sessions kicked in as we observed that constant parental supervision became mandatory in order to make thestudents sit for these virtual classes. Moreover, the kids were also distracted very easily which made our work even more difficult in an online setup. We soon fell uponthe realization that online classes couldn’t do justice to kids with special educational needs as many of our activities were not possible in a one hour virtual meeting. Activities such as sensory activities as well as the ones that involved writing provedchallenging as a 15 inch screen did not enable us to proceed with these tasks.

Human touch forms a very integral part of our sessions as therapies such as Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT) which requires skin-to-skin connection in order tomake the child feel his/her senses. A major setback of the online sessions was the lack of human touch which made us pause some of our crucial activities/therapies.

Aristotle rightly said that, “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work”. We at HHH strongly believe that satisfaction is brought by doing something that we love and that is the key to a good night’s sleep. Conducting classes online did not bringcontentment as we always felt as if something was missing. As soon as the lockdown guidelines were relaxed, we were eager to start offline classes and meet our children after a longtime. Since then, we are lucky to have continued to conduct offline classes while keeping in mind the rules of physical as well as social distancingand sanitization.

The offline response has been overwhelming since the reopening of the classes as the kids feel extremely homely at our Centre for Child Development and Learning Disability. Our method of teaching, which is a hybrid model of learning as well as playing, makes the child feel welcomed and enjoyable. However, it has come to our notice that there are still many kids with Special Educational Needs who do not havethe necessary monetary resources accessible to them, which is the major cause for the lack of treatment and diagnosis. The under-privileged section of the society doesnot have sufficient resources in terms of money as well as the lack of awareness hascaused the kids to suffer.

We as an institute have always believed that the sole reason we have two hands isbecause one is for helping oneself while the other is for helping others.
With this belief ingrained in our value system, our major objective is to reach maximum number of children with Special Educational Needs in

order to provide them with a better future. We are doing our best to fulfill this aim by charging a subsidized consultation charge to the disadvantaged strata of the society. This is ourlittle way of giving it back to the society.


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Heart and Hand for Handicapped

Location: Flushing, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Deepa Rajan
Flushing , NY United States

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