Children
 India
Project #12347

SANKALP-IN AID OF DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLE CHILDREN

by Matushree Parsanba Charitable Trust
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Learning through APPs
Learning through APPs

 

Dear Kind Hearts

Greetings from SANKALP team

New session for the year 2016-2017 began on 9th June after the summer break. We had many requests for admission in the new session at the same time five old children left. We decided to maintain our strength to 45 children therefore; only five new children were admitted. This session has

Encouraging results of the pilot project for providing education through tabs/I Pad to the children led us to include this as a regular feature in our curriculum. These APPS helped in teaching autistic as well as other mentally/developmentally challenged children who are unable to speak but are able to respond through audio-visual stimulations. It increased child’s motivation to learn and was found useful even for children with profound disabilities. We are able to personalize lessons to child’s individual needs. Under this program we have appointed one new teacher and also assigned fulltime responsibility to another teacher for giving E Education to children. Initially 33 children are covered in the program but from next quarter 3 more will be added. We have purchased two tablets and need few more so that other teachers can also use them regularly. Taking a cue from the success of the tab based education; we wish to include more audio-visual lessons in the class room for larger group of children. For this purpose we need an overhead projector. Cost of each tabs & the projector is approx. $150 & $600 respectively. We look forward to our donors to help us buy them.

We have also added few more analyticals in our annual progress report of children this year which will indicate the reasons for low progress achieved by any child in any area of training or therapy and help us find the reasons and address them.   

A new set of uniform, a school bag & stationery has been distributed to the children free of cost. We have also tied up with L&T’s ladies welfare association for regular distribution of sanitary napkins to the girls throughout the year. Accordingly, 6 girls who needed them were distributed first 3 month’s supply and were also given a brief talk about maintaining necessary personal hygiene.   

The annual psychological assessment has already been completed to record the status with respect to the disability level and also to compare it with last year to check the progress for old children and also to design the IEP (Individual Education Plan) for each child for the current session. The IEPs have been completed and their progress targets to be achieved during the year have been fixed. Orthopedic checkup of three children who needed it has also been completed while Pediatric checkup for all children is fixed for 3rd August followed by ENT, Dental & Ophthalmic checkups during August.

We at Sankalp believe that learning is a continuous process and everyone including our experts also needs to keep learning and update their domain knowledge. We therefore, always look forward to any such opportunities to interact with outside experts in the field for sharing their knowledge & experiences with our team. We came to know that a very senior and experienced person is visiting Vadodara in July. We got in touch with her and invited her at Sankalp during her stay at Vadodara. She was kind enough to accept our invitation and visited us on 19th, 20th and 24th July.

She is Ms. Neeta Das, founder and president of Progressive Comprehensive Services LLC, New Jersey, USA. She has done Master's in social work and is a licensed clinical social worker there. She has over 36 years of experience working within the field of developmental disabilities. She facilitates and provides opportunities to individuals with developmental and mental disabilities with specific goal of helping them live meaningful, independent, and integrated lives in their communities. The services her agency provides are person centered and choice based, modeled after the principles of self-determination. She also runs a Center for Enhancing Abilities in New Jersey that provides individuals with a variety of opportunities and experiences in a small group setting that enriches their lives and prepares them for real life situations and employment. 

Ms. Das saw the facilities at Sankalp, interacted with our special educators and therapists. She conducted a workshop for our educators/therapists on 20th July during which she shared with them her experiences of dealing with persons with disabilities in US and also gave some very useful tips on how to get the best out of children with special needs. She also participated in the parent counseling session which was organized on 24th July and gave a motivational lecture as well as tips to the parents. She also took a question answer session at the end and clarified various concerns of the parents. Her guidance was very much liked and appreciated by parents, teachers and the management of Sankalp.

Let’s see what Ms. Das wrote in the visitor’s book of Sankalp:

“ To the team @ Sankalp.

It was a great privilege to visit your school/day program. I feel elated & proud knowing that these children are receiving excellent care and training. Meeting the staff was a great pleasure- there is such commitment and the compassion was coming through. I wish all of you the very best in every new endeavor you take on in future!

I’m leaving with tremendous pride in my heart having met all of you. Thank you. -  Neeta Das”

We are grateful to Ms. Neeta Das for sparing her time and experiences with team Sankalp and giving them valuable advice.

Observing positive improvements in the life of children at SANKALP and knowing that our working is being approved by outside experts motivates every member of our team and gives us confidence to do our best.

Until the next report a big THANK YOU for your support to our project. We assure you that YOU will be updated on what impact YOUR donation has made & what accomplishments we have achieved from time to time.

Photographs of various activities are being updated at our website www.mpctrust.org you can also follow us at Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SankalpVadodara

School Unifor, Bag & Stationery Distribution
School Unifor, Bag & Stationery Distribution
Educator
Educator's Workshop
Ms. Neeta Das Guiding Parents
Ms. Neeta Das Guiding Parents
Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy
Comments by Ms. Das about Sankalp
Comments by Ms. Das about Sankalp
Visit to AMUL Dairy
Visit to AMUL Dairy

Dear Kind Hearts

Greetings from team SANKALP.

Kids at Sankalp went for an educational field trip to India's Biggest & Leading Amul Dairy at Anand which is about 60 Kms from Vadodara on 19th March where they witnessed the process of milk being received in tankers and then being converted into butter through various stages. Dairy officials were kind enough to explain the process and also treat the children with a bottle of cold milk. Each of the child loved the trip.

Children also participated in the sporting events organized by the State Government as well as many other organizations for children with special needs. Participation in such events not only gives them an opportunity to showcase their abilities but also helps boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. We feel proud to inform you that one of SANKALP’s child won 1st prize in running, another child 2nd prize in running in Khel Mahakumbh (a State level sports event) & another child won Rs. 5000/- in another game. One child also won 2nd prizes in running at state level sports organized at Mehesana which is about 250 Km from Vadodara. Our children also participated in sports organized by other schools in that also he won 2 prizes in Long jump & Running. Another even was organized by DARSHAN Ladies welfare Association in this even 3 children won prizes.

Sankalp like last three years as a part of its practice of collaborating with other organizations as well as with the public through various events/awareness programs and also to provide an opportunity to the differently abled children of Vadodara to demonstrate their capabilities,an“INTER SCHOOL DRAWING COMPETITION FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED CHILDREN”was organized on Friday, 11th April. The competition was held in two groups of up-to 15 years & above 15 years.

20 different schools of Vadodara were invited to participate in the event. 125 children from 11 schools participated. Prizes consisting of Gold, Silver & bronze medals were awarded to the selected top three winners from each group. All participating children were also given participation certificate along with a gift hamper, snacks and cool Milk. While the results were being compiled by the judges, children were treated with a magic show.

This being the last quarter of the session 2015-16, progress report for each child at SANKALP during the entire year has been compiled to assess the progress made by children. We are happy to inform all our donors that as a result of getting properly planned & appropriate child specific program through carefully crafted methodology under professional guidance, all children have demonstrated progress in self-help, cognitive, communication, behavioral, gross motor skills and socialization in varying degree as per the observations made by our special educators/ therapists/parents. This is certainly empowering them towards leading significantly independent & a better quality life. The summary of progress is as follows:

Progress Summary for 15-16 at a glance

7 Children secured         >90% of the target fixed                                (against 1 in 14-15) 

16 Children secured       between  76-89% of the target fixed          (against 14 in 14-15)

12 Children secured       between  51-75% of the target fixed          (against 11 in 14-15) 

4 Children secured         between  41-50% of the target fixed           (against 6 in 14-15) 

6 Children secured          <40% of the target fixed                                (against 4 in 14-15)

Out of the 6 who scored below 40%, 5 had attended only for 2 quarters with less than 50% attendance while the remaining 1 also had an attendance of only 50% besides being a severe case.

Of the 4 who scored between 41-50%, 2 attended only for 2 quarters & other 2 are very severe case.

Second parent meet of this session was conducted on 24th April to discuss the yearly progress of each child with their parent, provide professional guidance through our experts to them for their active participation in the rehabilitation process of their child, guiding them about taking care of children at home, explain Do’s & Don’ts and also to get feedback from them on their child’s progress.

This meet also had a guest speaker Dr. Vishakha Babaria a senior dentist who gave a talk on dental & oral hygiene, dos & don'ts and the correct method of brushing the teeth to all parents. The meet was very well appreciated by all parents who attended it.

Let’s read what the father of Eijaj has to say about Sankalp:

“After coming to Sankalp, Eijaj’s speech has improved; He is now ADL trained and goes to the toilet himself & wears the cloth by himself. There has been remarkable improvement in him.”

The session closed for summer vacation and we will reopen on 9th June for the new session.

Once again a BIG THANK YOU for your continued support to our project. YOU will keep getting regular updates about the progress made by this project with the help of YOUR donation.

May I once again request YOU ALL to suggest me how WE can work together more closely as a proactive partner and attract wider participation on this project to bring smiles on the faces of intellectually & physically challenged children and their families and make this world a better place to live for everyone? I shall be keen to receive your suggestions.

 

Gratefully yours

Witnessing Packaging @ AMUL
Witnessing Packaging @ AMUL
Drawing Competition
Drawing Competition
Dr. Vishakha explaining correct method of brushing
Dr. Vishakha explaining correct method of brushing
Firecrackers at Diwali
Firecrackers at Diwali

Dear Kind Hearts,

Greetings for the New Year 2016 from SANKALP team! Hope you must have had a wonderful New Year Celebrations!

Kids at Sankalp also had a gala time participating in many outdoor activities during October-January quarter including celebrating three festivals – Diwali on 5th Nov., Christmas & then Kite festival on 14th Jan at different locations. It was heart-warming to see them enjoying festivals and the sumptuous lunch served on the occasions. The pictures speak for themselves. Twelve children also participated in two sports events organized by other Schools/clubs. Four of them won prizes in different events.

The pilot project in partnership with the Indian Associates of a US Based IT company for providing education through use of assistive technology to the children is running very well since last three months. The company with the help of APPS designed by the experts of “Eden Autism Services of USA” for curriculum driven intervention for children with autism is engaging children in audio-visual teaching. These APPS are also helpful in fixing child’s learning goals based on his assessment of current ability level and then develop his skills through audio-visual assisted devices. These APPS are helpful in teaching autistic as well as other mentally challenged/developmentally disabled children who are unable to speak but are able to respond through audio-visual stimulations. Use of technology increases child’s motivation to learn and personalizes lessons to a child’s individual needs. Even children with the most severe and profound disabilities are able to use assistive technology to learn and their potential can be reached in ways we didn’t have before.

While beginning this project we were not too sure whether the children would like the new methodology of teaching but our fears were unfounded and each one of them is taking keen interest in this learning technique. We have noticed very encouraging results in most of them. We now hope to include the use of assistive technology as a regular feature of our teaching process from next session. Initially we have introduced this method only for smaller children however, the company also has APPS suitable for older children and we plan to utilize their APP even for older children once the pilot project for smaller kids is completed.

Our special educators are also very enthusiastic about this technique and are keen to learn customization of these APPS as per the requirement of “individual education plan” of each child. They shall undergo the training for customization after completion of pilot project.

While currently we have infrastructure for only 45 children, our dream is to build a bigger centre where we can train and rehabilitate many more children who are mentally challenged or developmentally disabled. 

Until the next report a big THANK YOU for your support to our project. We will be updating YOU as this project progresses & what impact YOUR donation is making in the lives of mentally challenged/developmentally disabled children at Sankalp.

Learning is fun
Learning is fun
Enjoying my learning
Enjoying my learning
Wow! It talks to me
Wow! It talks to me
Picnic @ Farmehouse
Picnic @ Farmehouse

Dear Kind Hearts,

Greetings from SANKALP team!

Second quarter of the year was full of activities and new initiatives. Routine annual Psychological assessment has been completed to record the status with respect to the disability level and also to compare the same with last session to check the progress for old children and also to design the IEP (Individual Education Plan) for each child for the current session. Orthopedic & Ophthalmic checkups have also been completed. Pediatric, ENT, Dental checkup shall also be completed within next month.

Festival of Eid was celebrated in August followed by Independence Day in August. One of our leading philanthropic partners ONGC celebrated their 60th establishment day on 14th August and they invited Sankalp children to their function. Sankalp children gave two dance performances on this occasion which was very much appreciated by everyone present. Festival of Rakhi was celebrated on 29th of August on this day all the girl children tied Rakhis to the boys. Birthday of Lord Krishna followed by Ganesh Chaturthi were celebrated on 4th and 17th Sept. Special lunch was served to all children on these occasions.

Two outdoor activities were also organized during this quarter. First was the visit to the newly constructed Central Bus Depot and another a picnic at the farmhouse of one of the donors. These activities were part of Sankalp’s efforts to expose these children to the world and also sensitize the society about such children. 

A new set of uniform, a school bag, water bottle and stationery has been given to all children free of cost. A new sewing machine has also been purchased for giving training to some of the children who are fit to receive it.

Sankalp has also partnered with a US Based IT company for running a 12 week pilot project beginning in the last week of October. The company has developed APPS designed by the experts of “Eden Autism Services of USA” for curriculum driven intervention for children with autism. These APPS are helpful in fixing child’s learning goals based on his assessment of current ability level and then develop his skills through audio-visual assisted devices. They shall be providing customized APPS along with devices during the pilot project. This will help in teaching autistic as well as other children who are unable to speak but will be able to respond through audio-visual stimulations. After completion of pilot project, the company shall also help in training special educators of Sankalp to learn customization these APPS as per the requirement of “individual education plan” of each child.

First of the two annual parent guidance session was organized on 2nd of August. These sessions are essential because many parents are not adequately educated or even literate and therefore, are not able to understand the behavior of their child and how to handle them. In order to provide a sustained and systematic guidance to parents, we have also appointed a professional counselor. We have also formed disability wise groups of parents for providing specific guidance for each group separately. This methodology shall focus on providing disability specific solutions and guidance to the parents and is expected to be more effective and yield better results.

Accordingly, two guidance sessions, one with parents having children with Autism and another with parents having children with Cerebral Palsy was held on 30th August and 17th October respectively. During these sessions parents were requested to fill up a specially prepared questionnaire indicating various symptoms and challenges faced by them about their child. They were also given general guidance about the disability specific challenges and their solutions. Based on the information received from parents, our experts shall now jointly prepare child specific solutions which shall be given to parents in an individual one to one guidance session in the next round.

Though the progress has been noted in all children in varying degree, a specific case of Sudhir is worth mentioning. Sudhir is Bilateral Moderate to Moderately severe (Mixed type) hearing impaired and therefore, is unable to speak. He has been provided hearing aids in both ears in March this year. Since then he is being provided auditory training and speech therapy. He has shown considerable improvements. He has now become aware of different sounds and is also able to produce various (Phonems) sounds which earlier due to his inability to hear, was unable to produce. We now expect that his speech, language and communication skill will develop faster. This will empower him not only to get integrated in to the mainstream of the society but also become a productive human being.

 Remarks of the Special educators and Therapists for Sudhir in his annual report:

 Academics:     His score of 90.69% of target achieved in academics indicate that he has made excellent progress. He has very good potential to improve if he continues regular training.

 Hearing & Speech:     Considering his severe speech impairment, progress made in all areas like recognition, sound production, speaking, writing and linguistic skills is quite good. His behaviour problem is reduced & he grasps very fast.

 Physio Therapy:          His improvement is very good within the limits of his condition. He can get much better improvement only after the surgery.

 His father has given following remarks in the feedback form:

 “In this center, there has been lot of change in Sudhir. His hyper activity has decreased considerably. After getting hearing aids, improvement has been noticed. Thank you Sankalp”

Making positive improvements in the life of children at SANKALP is the motivating factor for every member of our team and results of our efforts give us confidence that we are moving in the right direction in bringing meaningful change in the lives of these children.

Until the next report a big THANK YOU for your support to our project. We assure you that YOU will be updated on what impact YOUR donation has made & what accomplishments we have achieved from time to time.

Photographs of various activities are being updated at our website www.mpctrust.org you can also follow us at Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SankalpVadodara

 

 

Pravir Lal

Project Leader

SANKALP-In-AID-OF-DEVELOPMENTALLY-DISABLE-CHILDREN

pravirlal@gmail.com

Ophthalmic checkup
Ophthalmic checkup
Parent guidance session
Parent guidance session
Some members of 2015-16 family
Some members of 2015-16 family

Dear Kind Hearts

Greetings from SANKALP team.

New session for the year 2015-2016 started after summer break on 9th June. Though last year we had decided to restrict total strength of children at Sankalp to 36, we had many requests for admission in the new session. After considering the fact that there is a considerable incident of absenteeism in such children (which is normally 15% and goes as high as 30%), we felt that we could increase our strength to 42 children so that the effective strength at any given time will be around 36. 40 have already been confirmed admission and 2 are under observation. 36 of them have multiple disabilities. 12 of them are girls and 28 are boys. All except one of them are mentally challenged. 14 of them are suffering from cerebral palsy, 5 from autism, 1 from Down's syndrome, 8 from ADHD, 1 from Prader vili syndrome, 1 from Asperger's syndrome, 1 is 90% blind, 2 are severely hearing impaired and 23 have speech impairment in varying degree.

 Annual Psychological assessment has been completed  last month to record the status with respect to their disability level and also to compare the same with last session to check the progress for old children and also to design the IEP (Individual Education Plan) for each child for the current session. Orthopedic checkup of three children who needed it has also been completed. Pediatric, ENT, Dental & Ophthalmic checkups for all the children has been planned during the month of August. They are also being provided with medicines as per their needs.

Festival of Eid was celebrated on 17th of July at Sankalp and all the girl children were treated with Henna (Mehndi) application on hands. Special lunch was served to all children on the occasion.

A new set of uniform, a school bag, water bottle and stationery has been given to all children free of cost.

As a security measure, we have installed fire extinguishers at the centre and all the staff has also been given training about types of fires, precautions to be taken to prevent fire and what measures are required to be taken in case of fire including use of extinguishers.

A parent counseling session is also being organized on 2nd of August. This session is a part of Sankalp’s curriculum to guide and educate each parent to understand the status of their child and ways to handle them at home. This is essential because many parents are not adequately educated or even literate and therefore, are not able to understand the behavior of their child and how to handle them. In order to provide a sustained and systematic guidance to parents, we have appointed a professional counselor also. From this session disability wise groups of parents have been formed and specific guidance for each group shall be given. This methodology shall focus on providing disability specific solutions and guidance to the parents and is expected to yield better results.

Though the progress has been noted in all children in varying degree, a specific case of Sudhir is worth mentioning. Sudhir is Bilateral Moderate to Moderately severe(Mixed type) hearing impaired and therefore, was unable to speak. He has been provided hearing aids in both ears in March this year. Since then he is being provided auditory training and speech therapy. He has shown considerable improvements. He has now become aware of different sounds and is also able to produce various (Phonems) sounds which he was unable to hear earlier & therefore, was not able to produce. We now expect that his speech, language communication skill will develop faster. This will empower him not only to get integrated in to the mainstream of the society but also become a productive human being.

 Remarks of the Special educators and Therapists for Sudhir in his annual report:

 Academics:     His score of 90.69% of target achieved in academics indicate that he has made excellent progress. He has very good potential to improve if he continues regular training.

 Hearing & Speech:     Considering his severe speech impairment, progress made in all areas like recognition, sound production, speaking, writing and linguistic skills is quite good. His behaviour problem is reduced & he grasps very fast.

 Physio Therapy:          His improvement is very good within the limits of his condition. He can get much better improvement only after the surgery.

 His father has given following remarks in the feedback form:

 “In this center, there has been lot of change in Sudhir. His hyper activity has decreased considerably. After getting hearing aids, improvement has been noticed. Thank you Sankalp”

Observing positive improvements in the life of children at SANKALP motivates every member of our team and gives us confidence to continue moving towards bringing meaningful change in the lives of these children.

Until the next report a big THANK YOU for your support to our project. We assure you that YOU will be updated on what impact YOUR donation has made & what accomplishments we have achieved from time to time.

Photographs of various activities are being updated at our website www.mpctrust.org you can also follow us at Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SankalpVadodara

 

 

 

 

 

pravirlal@gmail.com

Sudhir getting audiology testing
Sudhir getting audiology testing
Sudhir getting speech therapy with hearing aids
Sudhir getting speech therapy with hearing aids
 

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Matushree Parsanba Charitable Trust

Location: Vadodara, Gujarat - India
Website: http:/​/​www.mpctrust.org
Project Leader:
Pravir Lal
Vadodara, Gujarat India
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