Saadhya

How we refer to people with disabilities


  • 'Psychosocial Disability' to describe the experience of people with impairments and participation restrictions related to mental health conditions.
  • 'Cognitive Disability' which encompasses various intellectual or cognitive deficits; ‘children with developmental delay’ to refer to children with delays in meeting developmental milestones in one or more areas of development.
  • 'Children with Intellectual Disability' than ‘mentally retarded or intellectually challenged children’.
  • ‘Developmental Disability' to mean a severe, chronic disability of an individual 5 years of age or older that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments. Autism, Downs Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy are some of the known developmental disorders.

Early Intervention


In early intervention, for children aged 0-6, we help children with delayed developmental milestones. Our intensive intervention programs help minimize their difficulties and at times work to bridge the gap in development. For early intervention, Sambhav operates within a radius of 5-6 kilometres.

We assess the child prior to enrolling him / her in a program to screen and diagnose the scope of disability. The skilled and trained professionals in our team, conduct an assessment, create an evaluation rapport, and when intervention is possible, the child stays at Sambhav School during the day. An individual program is made for 3 months, and at the end of 3 months, the child is assessed, again.

Methodology

  • Screening and diagnosis through formal assessment batteries.- Denwer’s battery, Brigance developmental Inventory, Portage Developmental Checklist, Vineland Social maturity Scale (VSMS).
  • Informal assessment-inventories.
  • Preparing annual/half yearly/quarterly intervention plans for each child.
  • Periodical reviews/evaluation of the work carried out.
  • Meetings and workshop for the parents & professionals.
  • Counselling for parents.
Category of Disabiities

  • Delayed developmental milestones
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Psycho motor disorder
  • Rett’s syndrome
  • Micro cephalic
  • Seizure disorder
  • Speech and language disorder
  • ADHA
  • Autism
  • MR
  • Lower limb hypotonic
  • C.P. with spastic diplegia
  • Hyponic imephalopathy with CP
  • Tricho-rihno phalangeal syndrome

Open Basic Education (OBE) Program / National Institute of Open School (NIOS)


This program is primarily for children (aged 7-14) with Down Syndrome, and Borderline and Hyperactive Bipolar Disorder. Under this, our doctors and child psychologists work with students from regular schools. Schooling under OBE Program operates in a circle of around 8 kilometres.

School-going children with disabilities (especially cognitive difficulties) face difficulties in coping with the present standard of education. They tend to either drop-out or be learn slower than other students. For a better future of such students, the government of India has established the National Institute of Open School (NIOS). This gives these children access to higher education and employment.

The NIOS offers elementary level courses through its open basis education programs. The learners are free to choose as per their needs and goals. At Sambhav School, the students are encouraged to study at their own pace, and from specially designed materials. This allows them the freedom to appear in examinations of individual subjects as and when they are prepared. Along with educational training, these children also pre-vocational training, a training in which an individual acquires such skills and behaviour necessary for a particular vocation.

Methodology

  • Screening and diagnosis through formal Psychological and psycho educational testing. BKT and NIMHANS index.
  • Informal assessment-inventories
  • Registering children for OBE
  • Preparing annual/half yearly/quarterly intervention plans for each child.
  • Periodical reviews/evaluation of the work carried out
  • Meetings and workshop for the parents & professionals.
  • Counseling for parents.
Category of Disabilities

  • Down’s syndrome
  • Slow learner
  • Psycho motor disorder
  • Micro chephally
  • Seizure disorder
  • Speech and language disorder
  • ADHD
  • Autism

Lifeskills and Vocational Skills Training


This program imparts training to the adolescents and adults with psychosocial disabilities. children with intellectual disabilities. People with psychosocial and / or intellectual disability can and do learn new skills, but they learn them more slowly. At our centre, they learn various work skills, and develop their work readiness so that they can work either in sheltered employment or be placed in open employment.

Our vocational skills training is for adolescents aged 16-18. They learn to make various products such as phenyls, liquid soap, candles, jewellery, paper bags, seasonal (greeting cards), bags, paper covers and more. This is especially for children with intellectual disabilities.

Methodology

  • Identification of target group
  • Psychological assessment
  • Vocational skill assessment
  • Programme planning for vocational training
  • Monitoring worker progress
  • Programe evaluation
Category of Disabilities

  • Down’s syndrome
  • Seizure disorder
  • Speech and language disorder
  • Autism
  • MR

CORD


CORD Learning Centre (CLC) is a part of our strategic tools development for Sambhav School. At CORD, all our therapists work in unison to ensure optimal and all-round development in our students.

  • We provide internships for psychology, speech and occupational therapy.
  • We train and equip shadow teachers.
  • We conduct workshops for teachers, parents, and caregivers.
  • We offer rehabitational counselling for patients, and parental counselling for family members of patients.