Developmental disabilities in children are on the rise and there is much that needs to be understood, from cause to cure. However, there is one widely accepted fact: Early and intensive intervention can have a profound impact on the quality of life for both children at risk and their families.
The early intervention unit addresses the needs of children under the age of 6 years. Children with various disabilities like cerebral palsy, developmental delay and autism spectrum disorder come to this centre.
Individual sessions for 1 hour and 3 hour sessions are available. Multi therapy intervention is available. The therapies covered are speech / language, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, special education, arts based therapy and yoga. Training is also given to the parents of these young children so that they can continue the structured teaching at home too.
Assessment, Training and Guidance Centre
The Diagnostic and Family Services Centre of ASHA offers a range of services for children, families and teachers. The services include comprehensive medical, psychological, developmental, family and social, psycho-educational and academic assessments for children with learning problems, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, delayed development and poor academic performance. Assessments can objectively identify areas of skill, strength and need; they can rule-out or confirm suspicions and identify targets for treatment and intervention for autism, learning disability and other developmental delays.
Assessments available at the Centre:
Other services provided:
A large team of therapists, special educators, psychologists and counselors form the professional team of ASHA.
A child can overcome a wide range of developmental, behavioral and learning problems if detected early and intervened. Empowering parents and teachers is a very important part of this process.
Training for parents and teachers
Training is a very crucial part of the work that is done at ASHA.
Training parents -There is a lot of opportunity for training and early intervention is key to a child's progress. A three month parent training course is offered every year where parents understand the various aspects of autism spectrum disorders and also work with their children under the guidance of trained teachers. Parents are encouraged to observe the techniques followed at ASHA.
Teacher's training - Updating the teachers knowledge is an integral part of training the teachers and every April, a 3 week course is held for the teachers. The teachers regularly attend various seminars and conferences and interact with other professionals in the field.
Home based training -One of the unique programmes at ASHA is the facility of teachers going to parent's houses and showing them various techniques to work with their child in their home environment. This allows parents to understand the potential of the child outside of a school setting.
Vocational trainingVocational training is basically training children in those skills which will help them become employable. The vocational skills that we teach include -
Primary EducationThe primary education centre works with children above the age of six who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
A full day programme is provided from 10am to 4pm.
A well rounded and holistic curriculum with an individual programme along with adequate adult support (1:2 teacher student ratios) is provided at the day care centre.
We provide the below mentioned therapies -
Academic, non-academic and life skills training are taught using multiple teaching methods like
The students are also trained in