This was an experience I had around two years back when I was newly appointed in Asha Kiran as a staff member.
All the children travelling by the school bus would respond to my greeting each morning except this little boy with autism was sitting by the window on the last seat of the bus. Every time I greeted him he would look straight through me as if he was oblivious of my presence. This continued for a couple of weeks. Continue reading →
As part of the “Good touch, Bad touch Training Program” which is done on a daily basis, the boys of preschool were specifically instructed, “Touching girls is not allowed. You should only shake hands.” Continue reading →
We have all received gifts as children. As a child, the gift may not be of great value unless it is what the child longs for. This small incident tells us how important it is to give children what ‘they’ desire and not what ‘you’ desire to give them.
A teenage boy; his life has given him the challenge of depending on a hearing aid to hear and sign language to communicate. The desire of a helping hand was to gift him a hearing aid. It was given to him on one fine day. Continue reading →
At Asha Kiran there are several innovative ways adopted to teach the children with different needs. One student who is 20 years of age with Mental Challenges is allowed to have the stall during the break time to learn about the transaction of money. He desires to have an Ice Cream Shop in future. This incident happened during one of the break times when one of the supporting staff members visited his tuck shop. The lady did not have the money to purchase the snack she wanted, so she requested the boy to give the snack and promised to give the money the next day. He boldly responded “No money, no snacks! Business is business!”
The child has learnt the value of money through this activity. In the past he had an idea that money just comes from the locker.
Children with autism are said to be concrete in their thinking, here’s an example to substantiate. During one of the Environmental Study (E.V.S) classes Student A (12 yrs) was taught that the root of a plant grows under the soil. In order to test this, he pulled out a new plant from the school garden. When he was called by the Principal for destroying a new plant, he boldly admitted, “Yes! I did it, I wanted to see if the root is growing under the soil.” This incident revealed that as a concrete thinker, seeing is believing!
Bishop Elia Peter leading in the ground breaking ceremony
4th Feb 2012: After 3 years of praying and planning, finally the ground breaking ceremony was held on Feb 4, 2012 for the Vocational Training Centre and the Girls hostel. Bishop Elia Peter was the chief guest. Many christian leaders, friends and staff of Asha Kiran were present on this occasion. Mrs Sushma George is the Architect and Mr. Suresh is the contractor. Please pray that this building will come up for God’s glory and many special children will benefit from this.
In their book, “The Child with Special Needs,” Geenspan and Wieder draw upon 20 years experience of working and researching special needs children to advise against a simplistic approach to labelling children, ADD, PDD, PDDNOS, autistic, etc.
For example, a child may be labeled as autistic because he has difficulty relating to others, yet his underlying problems may be more specific and involve difficulty in processing auditory information and a severe over reactivity to sound. As a result of these challenges, the speech of people around him is confusing and assaulting, making him physically and emotionally uncomfortable. To protect himself, the child withdraws and becomes aimless, earning the diagnosis of autism. Continue reading →