Born to Karan and Priyanka, Srishti was a bubbly little baby with absolutely no sign of any abnormality. Five months after birth, she developed high fever with seizures which was later diagnosed as post viral encephalitis, a condition that leads to global developmental delay. The child lost her neck control, is experiencing delayed developmental milestones, has frequent epilepsy and partial vision. She came to SAMADHAN at the age of two in 2019 for long-term therapy. The parents were counselled and one-on-one therapy started but it was put on hold due to the restrictions during pandemic. But SAMADHAN’s professionals kept in touch with the family through online interactions and guided them for nutrition, therapy and special education. With the support of the kind hearted donors, SAMADHAN was able to provide a prosthetic device, standing frame and CP chair for the child. Srishti has started recognising and make small sounds. The fact that she is being given support to lift her head and see things around her itself is a great joy for the family. Srishti along with the families and staff of SAMADHAN wishes each one of you, our supporters, a very meanigful year ahead!
29 September 2021 | 10 am – 12 pm | SAMADHAN, Dwarka
On 29th September, 12-year-old Vasundhara woke up with a big smile and was excited to get ready to go to SAMADHAN. She demanded that her siblings do not create any delays while her parents helped her get dressed. Vasundhara was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth and used to come to our Dwarka centre for special education and early intervention programmes. Due to the pandemic, she had not stepped outside her house for more than a year, and today she was looking forward to meeting new friends and play with colours.
SAMADHAN, in collaboration with the Art For Change (AFC) Foundation, has initiated the ‘Creative Strokes’ workshop series for children with intellectual disabilities to express themselves through the medium of art. The workshops have been designed to enable the children to capture their version of the world and celebrate life, and the core idea behind it is ‘Art Heals’. Issac Gergan, the Director of AFC and an artist himself, is the series facilitator. On the day of the first workshop, he taught the children some basic shapes and how to draw animals, birds and humans by combining different shapes. He also taught them to create a basic photo frame using paint, shapes and simple designs on paper.
Ten children, between the ages of 10 and 20, along with their parents, had attended the workshop and created unique pieces of art that spoke a million words. They chose their colours and drew their own version of colourful life-forms on the canvas. Their excitement knew no bounds when SAMADHAN provided them with their very own, individual handmade folders and crayons. We also took this opportunity to distribute awareness brochures to the parents to disseminate vital information on child safety issues. To keep the excitement of our little artists on a high, the next workshop in the series will be held soon!
Imagine being filled with emotion, yet unable to express how you feel. That is what many children with intellectual disabilities face today. With the uncertainty of opening the direct services to disabled chidlren still prevailing, SAMADHAN continues with its online therapy, educational and counselling support. The current pandemic brought a complete halt to outdoor activities in the lives of children. This isolation led to pent-up emotions resulting in anger, frustration and hyperactivity in children with intellectual disabilities and great amount of stress to their families. In order to provide a platform to address this concern, SAMADHAN, in collaboration with Art for Change Foundation (AFC), conducted an interactive and engaging virtual workshop on 14th May 2021 with parents, students, staff and interns. The main focus was to create a learning environment for children in their day-to-day lives through art and art-related projects. The resource person for the session was Mr Isaac Gregan, Director of AFC. Being an artist and photographer, Mr Gregan began the workshop through an interactive session with the parents and staff to find out the types of art-related activities they used to engage with their children and the challenges that they faced. The participants expressed that the children loved to play with colours, and fingerpainting was found to be the most common way of expression as majority of them have difficulties in holding a crayon or paintbrush. Using art as a medium of therapy, our counsellor shared that she uses techniques such as bubble painting for children with hyperactivity as it helps them to channelize their energy constructively.
The resource person then shared a thought-provoking and incisive presentation on basic and complex emotions, theories of six basic emotions. Mr Gregan elaborated on the importance of filling the children’s environment with colours to pique their interest and also advised the parents to embellish their child’s artwork around the house as this would boost up their confidence immensely. He also gave an ingenious idea to create a cardboard tree to hang their artwork and other artistic knick-knacks as this would motivate the children to continuously engage in new artistic projects.
An interesting activity was introduced which engaged the attendees to use their imagination to look outside a window and draw whatever came to their mind. He then asked them to repeat this process by imagining that they were looking inside the window. Most of them imagined something related to nature like birds, trees, rain etc., which clearly indicated that they long to come out of their confinement and enjoy the nature.
The workshop not only helped to break the monotony but turned out to be a stressbuster for parents and children to use their artistic creativity within the confines of their home in the midst of the pandemic.
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