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Tuesday, October 28, 2008


CREEDA - Sports Club of AIKYA
AIKYA offers special coaching in extracurricular activities like Indoor and Out door sports

Sporting Activities include :
Track and Field Events
Adventure Sports

For more details call AIKYA at 2461 2668 /9444 960643

AIKYA is a comprehensive resource center on all matters concerning
children requiring special attention

Importance of Extra Curricular activities in Schools

Exposure to a wide variety of activities contributes to learning in fun and non-stressful ways. It can give the students a sense of belonging and confidence. This is all the more true with and important to students with learning difficulties. The schools can help these students gain some perspective, and a self-esteem boost, by guiding them toward activities that play to their strengths and offer opportunities for success. The extra activities does not force the student to excel, but let him enjoy many new experiences. Help him set realistic goals and celebrate the small achievements. With each success, the student gains confidence that will spill over into other areas of his life.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Employers - Your kind attention please

“Employers - Your kind attention please –

I shall be an asset to your company. I am your opportunity ”

People with Down's syndrome are capable of learning, forming friendships,gaining employment and leading independent and active lives with differing levels of support.

Many people of working age with Down syndrome are out of work or are not given any opportunity to work

Research has shown that 80% of people with DS of working age want to work and can work.

Of a potential workforce of lakhs of people with Down syndrome in our country, hardly any will ever have the chance to prove that they are capable of contributing successfully to their employers or to the nation’s economy. With appropriate training and support, people with Down’s syndrome can and do make a huge contribution at their workplaces. Society must give people with Down's syndrome the same choices and chances as they do to others.
This is an appeal to you to help in making this a reality

People with Down's syndrome want to work so that they can be independent, earn their own money, learn new skills, meet new people and develop a sense of worth and good self-esteem.
In giving a person with Down's syndrome a chance, you will gain keen, reliable, flexible workers who are ready to start at short notice.

People with Down Syndrome bring many benefits to the workplace

- improved staff morale
- good business practice
- reduced staff turnover
- improved staff attendance
- access to an untapped pool of labour
- a positive corporate image, promoting social inclusion and adherence to equal opportunities requirements.

Research has shown that employees with disabilities generally stay in the job for longer than their non-disabled counterparts.

They have a strong commitment to work, as well as good punctuality records and low absentee rates.
Employers recognise that having a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community they serve, makes for good public relations. Having a person with a learning disability in your workforce will enhance your company's image!

What you can do to make it a success

• Look at your procedures to see whether they are difficult for an employee with learning disabilities to comply with.
• Recognise that changes to the job or hours of work, may be required as part of making 'reasonable adjustments'.
• Recognise the 'natural' support provided by work colleagues and nurture this. Provide shadowing or support from a more experienced worker
• Consider whether your methods of communication, and language used, could be made simpler and easier to understand. Speak clearly, avoid jargon, use short words, use short sentences, avoid metaphors. If someone doesn't understand, try asking the question in another way!
• Check that the person has understood and, if necessary, repeat instructions.
• Break the job down into separate tasks.
• Whilst giving information about the job, show the person how to do it!
• Invite the person to perform the task and, if necessary, show again.
• Ability to learn can fluctuate from day to day. Once a task has been learnt, it will be retained but just revisit a task over a period of time to make sure!
• Some people may learn a task but develop their own individual way of accomplishing the task. If it gets the job done, allow the person room for development and creativity!

Parents Association of people with Special needs

About Tamil Nadu state co-ordination Committee of PAIVAAR – NFPA

We have the pleasure in introducing TNSC of Parivaar – the State Federation of the National Federation of Parents’ Associations for Persons with Mental Retardation, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Disabilities which is a national level apex body of the parents for persons with these disabilities.PARIVAAR has a membership of more than 160 parents associations spread in 27 States and a Union Territory. Parivaar is a advocacy organization which takes up the issues concerning of persons with these disabilities and represent them to the Central and State authorities.

Parivaar conducts parent awareness programmes leading to formation of parents associations to provide various services to the persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, conducts seminars, workshops on various subjects, undertakes media publicity, publishes newsletters etc. One of the important programmes is to conduct Roundtable conferences in various states to bring synergy among the professionals, parents and the Government representatives in order to implement various programmes for rehabilitation and well being of persons with disabilities.

Parivaar has very close coordination with the National Institute for Mentally Handicapped [NIMH], Secunderabad and National trust.

Happy Teacher's Day

On the Teachers’ day

We rededicate ourselves to the cause of Special education and extend special greetings and a message to all special eduators working with students with special needs

What makes a great special education teacher?

1. You love your role, you love being with your students and you couldn't imagine doing anything else. You were meant to teach special needs children, you know this in your heart.
2. You have a great deal of patience and know that little steps in learning go a long way.
3. You know your students well and they are comfortable and at ease with you, they enjoy having you as their teacher and look forward to going to school each day.
4. You provide a non-threatening, welcoming environment that nurtures each of the students you work with.
5. You understand your students, you know what motivates them and you know how to scaffold activities to ensure that maximum learning occurs.
6. You take each student from where they are and provide experiences that will maximize success. You're always discovering new things about your students.
7. You are very comfortable working with exceptional learners and learners with diverse needs.
8. You thrive on challenge, can easily build relationships with your students and your student's parents.
9. You are a life-long learner and committed to the profession.
10. You have a never ending willingness to ensure that all students reach their maximum potential. You constantly strive to 'reach and teach' every student under your care.
“ Happy Teacher’s day “

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Help autistic children with social anxiety

Practical advice to help autistic children with social anxiety.
By: Rachel Evans

As a parent with an autistic child, you want to do everything you can to protect your child. We don’t want to place our children in circumstances that scare them, however, setting your child up in a program or providing them with social activities can help them to learn how to manage their social anxities

First of all, when your child is diagnosed with autism, research the symptoms that are associated with this developmental disorder. The more information you have, the better you will be qualified to deal with certain situations. It will also help to join a support group for parents with autistic children. You’ll find other parents will be willing to share their sources of information with you.
When you find a program for your child, you’ll want to make sure it is appropriately qualified to deal with your child’s social anxiety. Every autistic child is different so you’ll want to make sure you are honest and up-front about the symptoms your child displays. It’s also important to remember that the sooner you can get your child enrolled in a program, the more significant difference it can make in alleviating their social anxiety.

Your child’s program should include playtime where they will be able to learn to make friends and how to interact with others. This play activity is very important to getting over their social anxiety. The activities should include something fun. For example, having children play an appropriate aged-level board game. This can help your child to learn how to interact with others.
Many children with autism have difficulty when it comes to understanding how another individual feels. This influences how they are able to interact with others. One way to help them with this is to use picture cards of characters with different facial expressions and posture. Once they understand how others may possibly feel by facial expressions and body language, they will more easily interact with others.

There are many things you can work on with your child to help them manage the social anxieties they face. Most children with autism simply lack the ability to react to change in a calm manner. Your child, if given the opportunity to become social, may simply wander off to be by themselves.
To be successful in helping your child, the most important thing you can do is to be patient with them. Do not force social activities on them, however, make sure they are available. Whether it is sitting down to dinner with the family or going over to a friends house to play, you’ll want to do what you can to make sure your child is as comfortable as possible. Talk to them and explain to them what is going to happen and where they are going. Try not to shove surprises on them, as you’ll need to prepare them for activities.
Your child with autism can learn, with time and patience, how to handle different social interactions with others. As their parent, your job is to assist them with managing their anxieties by providing them with plenty of opportunities in which to adjust to a variety of situations.

Ways to calm Hyperactive children

Ways to Calm Hyperactive Children

• Keep them away from cool drinks and anything with added preservatives, colouring and sugar.
• Check your own stress levels, as children are often emotional barometers for their teachers.
• The longer you try and pin them to their seats, the harder they will be to manage, so try and encourage unstructured time in your lesson, with regular breaks for movement. Give them lots of opportunities to be creative as it helps to release emotional energy.
• Many children do not know HOW to calm down or even what calm feels like. Encourage relaxation and calmness in your classroom.
• Try aromatherapy!
• Reassure hyperactive children that you like them, even though you recognise they are 'highly spirited'.
• Use calming music in your lessons.
• Make the effort to really listen to them at least once a day or when you teach them. Many hyperactive children react negatively to authority, so making time for them on their own will help to build their confidence.
• Be positive! Hyperactive children pick up negative thoughts very quickly and will react and respond to them.
• Hold the highest vision for these children and try not to label them as difficult or nonconformist.
• Maintain firm boundaries, negotiate and be kind.