The learning abilities are unique to each individual. In an ideal world all children of a particular age group must be taught in the same classroom in an inclusive environment. However some children’s needs are special and they require a more focussed setting. We at Saadhya strive to create this setting for the children with special needs. We welcome children with learning and developmental disabilities as day students.Vision:- To transform children with special needs independent, confident and skilled citizens.
Mission:- To provide a caring environment for children with mental and learning disabilities, where they are encouraged and trained to reach their full potential and become a productive citizen of the society. .
Champa Jaiprakash , Director, who is a Psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in the field of disabilities. She completed her post-graduation in Psychology from Mysore University. She started her career as a volunteer in Spastic Society of Coimbatore. She then joined Sweekar in Hyderabad where she worked as a Psychologist and headed the department of learning disabilities. She joined Aruna Chethana in Bangalore. She moved back to Hyderabad and worked for Sudharshan Rehabilitation Society where she exclusively worked with children with autism. Later, she moved to Bangalore and continued working with special children at Dharithree.
In the year 2015, her first book, “Ippatondane Chromosome mattu ithara kathanagalu” a book in Kannada, was published which was an account of her personal experience of counselling and handling these truly special children. She received kannada Saahitya Academy award for the same book in the category of - First time author’s best book in the year 2017.
Champa Jaiprakash translated her book "Ippatondane Chromosom mattu eethare kathanagalu" into English. The English version was named "21st Chromosome and Other Narratives" ans was released on 8th, July, 2017.
Skanda Pankaj : She is the Co-Founder, Saadhya. She had her basic Education in the field of Information Technology and taught Computers in Schools and Colleges for few years. Later she completed her MBA and assisted her husband, in his building material business. She was inspired by her Mother’s work place and developed interest in the field of Rehabilitation. She volunteered her services in many Institutions, in this process, developed keen interest on special children. She did her Masters in Psychology, B.Ed in Special Education and certificate course in Learning Disability. She is fully equipped to serve Special Children hence joined her Mother to run “Saadhya” a School for children with Special Needs.
Pankaj Jain: Is an active trustee member, a very successful businessman in Coimbatore with ethics. He cares for his employees, looks after their wellbeing along with the business graph reaching its heights. He loves animals and cares for them. There are many stray dogs in the compounds of his business place and home. He sees that any animal that is hurt or ill gets appropriate medical treatment immediately. He is a strong supporter of Saadhya. Any problem surfaced at Saadhya is solved by Pankaj. He is a combination of perfect businessman with a kind heart.
Suneel Kadekar: Is an active Trustee member, a successful writer. He has done his Masters in Micro Biology and is very passionate for writing. He is working as a content writer for companies which prepare E-Learning course materials at Bengaluru. He has rendered his services in different companies at different levels. He helps Saadhya in all the writing work, computer work which require high function and high precision.
Akshata Jaiprakash: She is an active Trustee member, serves as assistant professor in S.J.R.W.C, - English departmentat Bengaluru. Her concern about Special Children was expressed when she was a student. Her passion towards classical Dance made her teach dance to special children. She helps Saadhya in organising cultural programmes, and joins her husband Suneel Kadekar in preparing the write-ups and computer work for Saadhya.
Shamala Krishnamurthy: The chairperson of the Trust, is a strong supporter of Saadhya. At the age of eighty her fine embroidery work shows her patience and perseverance. She imparts her gardening skills to children and indulges every child to enhance greenery around them at Saadhya.
Therapies provided at Saadhya:
Initially a detailed case history about the child is recorded. Psychological assessment is done to understand the intellectual functioning, behaviour, and emotional issues of the child at the time of admission. Reassessments are done at regular intervals.
Physiotherapy : It is provided to children with physiological problems. Flat foot and Gait correction, strengthening and stretching of muscles are done according to the need of the individual child, through regular and rigorous exercises.
Occupational Therapy: The problem in the body part is corrected by Physiotherapy techniques, but the functional utility of these corrected body parts need Occupational therapy. Proper applications of Occupational therapy have given tremendous positive results and we have observed excellent progress in the child.
Speech Therapy: we address various aspects of speech and communication in a child. Oral exercises, augmentative communication, stammering and stuttering corrections, pronunciation corrections and develop speech to children with delayed speech.
Sensory Integration: Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder tend to have variety of sensory issues. All these issues are addressed using various exercises.
Special education: Each child is given individual attention while teaching them. We first focus on self-help skills like toileting, cleaning, dressing and grooming. Later on we teach concepts, language, number work, and develop reading and writing skills. Elderly children will be taught prevocational and vocational skills and enable them to become productive persons.
Remedial education: Children who have learning problems, go to their normal schools and will attend the therapies after school hours at Saadhya. We provide occupational therapy and remedial education. We begin from phonic drilling; later develop arithmetic, reading and writing skills. Their inhibitions due to lack of confidence, low self-esteem and their rooted fear for studies are pushed out of their mind and positive things are filled in those places through Relaxation therapy and counselling.
Behaviour Therapy: As per the requirement of the child’s deviant behaviour we decide on the method to be used on them to modify their behaviour. Most of the undesirable behaviours are modified within few months. The energy used for such deviant behaviour is channelized towards positive tasks. Exercises are given for improving attention, concentration, co-ordination, and emotional balance. Exercises are given for reducing hyperactivity, phobia, high sensitivity to some stimuli.
Music Therapy: Research has proved that Music has healing power. We have introduced Music therapy for the overall development of children. Scientific Documentation of the therapy is done for studies.
Dance therapy: It has magical power and has proved that the level of attention concentration has increased and hyperactivity has reduced.
Clay modelling and pottery: These activities have developed tremendous sitting tolerance, improved concentration on the given task and have soothed the irritable children.
Gardening: Children interact with plants, water them, nourish them and feel happy to see them grow. Saadhya has adequate and quality equipment, dedicated staff, and expert resource persons, available for all therapies to the children with special needs under one roof.
Children we deal with:
Problems dealt with any sense organ can be compensated with the other working sense organ. For example a person with visual impairment uses his tactile and hearing abilities to compensate his vision. Both these sense organs function with high level sensitivity. Speech and hearing impaired person uses vision and sign language or gestures. A person with intellectual impairment may have all the sense organs functioning perfectly well, but still it is difficult for this person to utilise them appropriately. We at Saadhya consider that Intellectual impairment is the most challenging area in rehabilitation.
Intellectual impairment is the basic criteria for admission at Saadhya. We help children with
3. Learning disabilities,
4.Cerebral Palsy and
We also deal with the associated problems such as Physical problems related to motor skills, Speech problems, Attention deficit, hyperactivity, behaviour problems and emotional problems.
A few words about each problem:
Intellectual Retardation: It is a neurological condition where the central nervous system fails to function normally due to damage. The intelligence of this person will function less when compared to the average population. The intelligence Quotient (I.Q) of this person will be less than 70 when tested on a standard Intelligence test. Their behaviour, knowledge and ability to learn will be many years younger to their chronological age. A person with normal intelligence will have an IQ ranging between 90 - 110.
Autism: Is a Neurological problem where the brain connectivity is different. We still cannot pinpoint to any particular thing as its cause for occurrence. Their major issues are poor social skill, poor communication skill with lot of sensory problems. It is called as spectrum disorder because there are many different issues, where each child varies with their problems. Children with Autism prefer to respond to their own imaginary world than to the outside real world. Many times we mistake that the child is not intelligent and not attentive to the given task while learning. But many of them have normal or high level of intelligence and their attention is at the peripheral area and not at the centre of the task.
Cerebral Palsy: Is a condition where motor activity is mainly affected. This is caused due to the damage occurred to the brain during pre natal, Natal, or post natal period. The damage may occur to the limbs, spinal cord, face and intellectual area of a person. Their mobility, hand function, speech, hearing and intelligence may be hampered. The extent of damage depends upon the intensity and area of the damage in the brain.
Learning Disability: Is a perceptual disorder, where a child has difficulties in Reading and Writing. They have sufficient intelligence to process information, but they go wrong because they perceive the learning material differently. Problem faced by children while processing language reading is called as Dyslexia, writing problem is called as Dysgraphia, problem in solving mathematic problems is called as Dyscalculia and problem in motor coordination is called as Dyspraxia.
We believe anything and everything is possible. We begin a new journey of guiding our special children.Date: 13th February, 2016
It’s been a breezy fortnight since the inauguration of Saadhya. Four children joined us on the very first day and we started in the right earnest. Our team is currently 3 strong and we have our hands full! Almost immediately, the school aisles were filled with the shouts and cries of the four children. Each of these children have a unique challenge ahead of them. We will share their success and progress with you as we make this journey together.
Sabarish is a six and a half year old boy with Autism spectrum disorder and mild level attention deficit and hyperactivity. When Sabarish came to Saadhya, he found it hard to adapt to the new place, people and the situation. On the first day all he wanted to do was to jump onto the pillion seat of this dad’s bike and zoom away from the school! It was a herculean task to calm him and make him stay at one place. His attention span ranged from 5 to 10 minutes and after that he would wreck any object close to him.
Any random thing made him irritable and his mother was at the receiving end of most of his punches, shoves and pinches. She grinned and bared it all, without ever showing pain or anger towards her son. Occasionally he fought with other kids and Sabarish, being bigger than the other 3 children, always had the upper hand. When food was given, he would swallow it and never chew.
His talks are just whispers and he can only string together two-word sentences. His receptive language skills are adequate but he responds selectively and his eye contacts lasts a few seconds. He is aware of attending nature’s call but is scared of the toilet seat! He has sensory issues and also finds it hard to follow instructions. He can identify alphabets and number but his writing skills are inadequate.
During the initial few days Sabarish wanted his mother to accompany him everywhere in the school, be it classes or therapy sessions.
We have started with the following therapies:
After two weeks of therapy and classes he is showing noticeable improvements. He can focus and work on a task for upto 20 minutes, his pencil hold has improved and as a result his handwriting is more legible and he makes eye contact with others for longer duration. His eating habits have seen an improvement, he listens to instructions, his urge to run away from the class has reduced and he talks a bit louder than earlier. He also has started chewing his food a bit more.
The biggest improvement in Sabarish is his reduced reliance on his mother for every task. He attends classes and therapies without her and has reduced his screaming and crying episodes.
It’s heartening for us to see his mother relax in the reception area as her son busies himself with the classes and therapies, she deserves all the rest and relaxation.
It’s just a start and there is a long road ahead for Sabarish and his mother. “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” says a famous Chinese proverb, Sabarish has taken his first step and so has Saadhya.
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