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Greetings from SANKALP team

 New session for the year 2015-2016 started after summer break on 9th June. Though we had last year decided to restrict the total strength of children to 35-36, we had many requests for admission in the new session. After considering the fact that there is a considerable incidece of absenteeism in such children (normally 15% & going as high as 30%), we have now decided to increase our strength to 43 children. 42 have already been confirmed admission and 1 is under observation. 40 of them have multiple disabilities. 13 are girls & 30 boys. All except one are mentally challenged besides 15 are suffering from Cerebral palsy, 6 with Autism Spectrum Disorder, 1 with Down’s syndrome, 1 with Prader-Willi Syndrome, 8 from ADHD, 1 from Asperger’s syndrome and 1 is 90% blind, 2 have severe hearing impairment & 23 have speech impairment in varying degree.

Annual Psychological assessment has been completed to record their status with respect to disability level and also to compare it with last year to check the progress for old children and also to design the IEP (Individual Education Plan) for each child for the current year. Orthopedic checkup of three children who needed it has also been completed. Pediatric, ENT, Dental & Ophthalmic checkups for all the children has been planned during the month of Sept. A new set of uniform, a school bag, water bottle and stationery has been given to all children free of cost.

Festival of Eid was celebrated on 17th of July at Sankalp and all the girl children were treated with Henna (Mehndi) application on hands. Special lunch was served to all children on the occasion.

As a security measure, we have installed fire extinguishers at the centre and all the staff has also been given training about types of fires, precautions to be taken to prevent fire and what measures are required to be taken in case of fire including use of extinguishers.

A parent counseling session was organized on 2nd of August. This session is a part of Sankalp’s curriculum to guide & educate parents to understand status of their child and ways to handle them at home. This is essential because many parents are not adequately educated or even literate and therefore, are not able to understand the behavior of their child and do not know how to handle them. In order to provide a sustained and systematic guidance to parents, we have appointed a professional counselor. From this session disability wise groups of parents have been formed and specific guidance for each group shall be given. This methodology shall focus on providing disability specific solutions and guidance to the parents and is expected to yield better results. First group counseling session has been scheduled for parents of autistic children on 13th Sept. This will be followed by Cerebral Palsy group, ADHD group, & so on every month.

Though the progress has been noted in all children in varying degree, a specific case of Sudhir is worth mentioning. Sudhir is Bilateral Moderate to Moderately severe (Mixed type) hearing impaired and therefore, was unable to speak. He has been provided hearing aids in both ears by SANKALP in March this year. Since then he is also being provided auditory training & speech therapy. He has shown considerable improvements. He has now become aware of different sounds and is also able to produce various Phonems- sounds which he was unable to hear earlier & therefore, was not able to produce. We now expect that his speech, language & communication skill will develop faster. This will empower him not only to get integrated in to the mainstream of the society but also become a productive human being.

Remarks of the Special educators and Therapists for Sudhir in his annual report:

Academics:    His score of 90.69% of target achieved in academics indicate that he has made excellent progress. He has very good potential to improve if he continues regular training.

Hearing & Speech:   Considering his severe speech impairment, progress made in all areas like recognition, sound production, speaking, writing and linguistic skills is quite good. His behaviour problem is reduced & he grasps very fast.

Physio Therapy: His improvement is very good within the limits of his condition. He can get much better improvement only after the surgery.

His father has given following remarks in the feedback form:

“In this center, there has been lot of change in Sudhir. His hyper activity has decreased considerably. After getting hearing aids, improvement has been noticed. Thank you Sankalp”

Observing positive improvements in the life of children at SANKALP motivates every member of our team and gives us confidence to continue moving towards bringing meaningful change in the lives of these children.

Until the next report a big THANK YOU for your support to our project. We assure you that YOU will be updated on what impact YOUR donation has made & what accomplishments we have achieved from time to time.

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