Occupational Therapy is an allied health profession performed by occupational therapists who often work closely with other professionals like Physiotherapy, Speech Therapy, Audiology, social work, medicine and assistive technology.
Sensory integration in Occupational Therapy makes the child feel sensory experiences that include touch, movement, body awareness, sight, sound, smell and taste. The pull of gravity is a sensory experience which takes place in a sensory rich environment called “Occupational Therapy Gym”.The ultimate goal of OT is to bring the child from an over sensitive/under reactive state through sensory stimulation. OT deals with gross and fine motor skills, visual-perception, muscle strength, cognitive skills, activities to cope with daily living and sensory-processing deficits through a sensory integration approach.
Activity level whether high/low, coordination problem, poor organisation, poor self-concept , delay in speech, language, motor skills or academic achievements are worked upon in an active, meaningful and fun way so that the child behaves in a more functional manner in all the everyday activities.
OT intervention for ASD and SLD is an ongoing process (the child will always need sensory inputs throughout their life), hence parents are also involved.
They work with the therapists to learn more about their child’s sensory challenges and how to overcome them through various techniques and therapeutic devices. This is called a ‘sensory diet’. The child’s therapist will provide ideas to teachers and others outside the family who interact regularly with the child. Families have the opportunity to communicate their priorities for treatment purpose.
In increasing spontaneous communication
To improve peer interactions
To improve social skills that may allow them to play with others and follow directions
To increase understanding of words which will allow them to ask for help, ask and answer questions, take turns in conversation and start or stop a conversation
To improve clarity in speech
In feeding children having chewing and swallowing problems
At Sankalp, Speech therapy is not bound inside the therapy room. We work on generalising the skills taught during individual therapy session in the classroom and other environment in the school. Parents are an integral part of therapy sessions enabling them to work on the same goals at home.
Arts based Therapy is defined as the clinical and evidence based use of art forms such as music, drama and visual arts, to accomplish individual goals within a therapeutic relationship. It helps in the psychosocial rehabilitation and neuro-physiological rehabilitation of children and adults with Special Needs through the use of multiple art forms. ABT uses elements of rhythm, stories, games and visual art to address specific needs. It is an evolving process that provides scope for improvisation and self expression. Arts based techniques have also been useful to improve gross and fine motor coordination, learning outcomes and to facilitate learning by developing the narrative capability and levels of attention of the students.
It is different from co-curricular activities as it is non-judgmental and it does not assess the child on the level of mastery achieved in a particular activity.
We are one of the few schools offering this allied therapy.
The Feuerstein Method is a unique educational technique developed by world-renowned psychologist Reuven Feuerstein. It is a process-based approach, focusing on developing the vitally important – and often overlooked – skill of learning how to learn, subsequently tapping into an individual’s latent intellectual capabilities. Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) is a cognitive intervention program consisting of specially designed instruments, FIE is a series of pencil-and-paper tasks that may be mediated in a classroom, group or individual setting.
Each series focuses on a different cognitive skill, creating systematic, persistent and structured conditions to engage learners in problem-solving by developing their ability to understand and elaborate information.
To equip teachers with Teaching and Learning strategies to identify and handle children with Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Sankalp offers specialized teacher training modules:
To build a resource pool of Remedial teachers
To help teachers in mainstream schools identify students with Special Needs and manage them in a classroom setting
Strategies to help in developing competence in Reading, Comprehension, Spelling and Math
Assessment and Test taking strategies
Sankalp offers training programmes at mainstream schools to help teachers from Kindergarten to Class VIII:
To identify students with Special Needs in their classroom. Checklists are given.
Teachers are trained in various strategies to handle the students inside and outside the classroom.
The workshops can be customized to suit individual school needs.
The workshops are a combination of theory and practical.
Sankalp also conducts short term training modules for graduates who wish to become Remedial teachers and help coach Children with Special Needs.
Duration of the course: THREE months
The classes will be held at Sankalp - The Open School for Specific Learning Disabilities and Sankalp - The learning Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Days and timing: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – 9.30 -12.30
Eligibility: Graduates with a good understanding of English
Details: The training will include both theory and practical. The topics covered will include- Introduction and Characteristics of Autism and Learning Disabilities, Identifying strengths and weaknesses in children, Strategies for intervention and Assessments. Trainees will be assessed on actual case studies and presentations.
Programmes are conducted on a regular basis to create an awareness on the problems faced by Children with Learning Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Heads of institutions are invited to attend the workshop. We have had positive feedback from the schools after these sessions and many schools have recommended students to Sankalp after the programme.
Teachers at Sankalp regularly attend training programmes and workshops to update their skills. They have attended workshops on Behaviour Management, Arts Based Therapy, Inclusion, Math skills, Differentiated Instruction and workshops by RCI to name a few.