The story of Muskan Foundation goes back in time when we started this initiative with only four children; two center based, two home based and only two teachers. And today, our team has increased to 104 children for Special Education and 200 children for therapy. Though in Mumbai, many centers offer therapies to disabled children, most of them do not provide a holistic care that is required for our special kids. Therapists focus at the motor, speech and sensory integration needs of the child. However, it is very important to understand the impact of one disability on the other and accordingly an educational programme, to cater to the special needs of the child, has to be incorporated along with the therapies.
SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Each child with multiple disabilities is unique. He/She has his/her own set of experiences, medical condition, style of learning, likes dislikes. Thus, two children with the same combination of disabilities cannot share the same programme. Each child will have different learning needs. Thus below mentioned are some of the highlights of our program:
- Child centered plans are devised keeping in mind the special needs of the child
- Training the child in all three areas i.e. Cognitive, social and motor
- Use of appropriate teaching aids, as per the requirement of the child (taking into consideration the visual field, visual acuity, hearing loss, motor etc.)
- Use of Special equipments such as CCTV, Brailler etc.
- Developing effective programs and teaching strategies specifically for children with MDVI
- Providing a suitable and barrier free environment, along with fulfilling the recreational needs of the child.
- Regular feedback reports to track the progress of the child.
- Continuously revised education plans & teaching strategies.
EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM
The early intervention with MDVI children includes a well-structured process of assessment, diagnosis and consultation as early as when the child is only three months old. In order to roll out an effective programme, we begin with assessment with a multidisciplinary team assessing vision, hearing, intellectual capacity and physical capabilities of each child. The key highlights of this program include:
- Working along with the parent, to start developing the physical and emotional skills of the child.
- Working on expressive communication at an early age.
- Developing the sensory skills of the child.
- Empowering the parent with the required activities to take with the child even when at home.
- Providing the necessary counseling and support for the parent.
MOTHER TODDLER PROGRAM
Muskan Foundation is proud to introduce its new Mother Toddler Programme. In this session we cater to infants from the age of 0 – 3 years, after which the child is promoted to the Early Intervention batch. The vital purpose behind starting the Mother Toddler Programme is to educate and provide knowledge to the parents on how to help their differently able children better.
When a child has a particular disability, in most cases the parents are unaware of the illness and lack the knowledge that’s needed to rehabilitate the child. As per studies, the major development of a child happens between the ages of 0 – 7 years and we at Muskan strive to bring in that development through the various sensory activities and concept based activities that are provided in the Mother Toddler and Early Intervention programme which helps develop the child’s concept and their overall development too.
Thus, this programme educates the parent to help their children to reach the normal development stage and it also empowers them along with developing the child.
For the overall development of the child, therapies are equally important. The apt therapy is selected and complemented with special education. Keeping the child’s age in mind, he or she is enrolled in an early intervention program or the special education program.Based on the needs of the child the following therapies are offered at Muskan:
- Vision Rehabilitation Therapy
It’s a unique approach based on the principles of plasticity of the brain and the age appropriate vision development process. It involves three steps namely; vision stimulation, visual efficiency and vision utilization. Thus, the residual vision of the person is enhanced by undergoing this tailor made rehabilitation program.
- Physio Therapy
We have children who are unable to walk or sit, in cases like these the therapist help simplify their daily activities by giving them therapy which also helps them back at home. Physiotherapy is also useful in cases of Cerebral Palsy and Autistic children to help develop their skills and make life easier for them as well as their parents.
- Sensory integration Therapy
Children with multiple disabilities have a lot of sensory issues, which often hinders in their learning process. Some children could be tactile defensive i.e. they do not like the touch of certain textures which in turn could hamper their concept development. For instance, if a child does not like to touch hard objects, he will not understand whether a coconut is hard or soft. So, this therapy not only works to develop their sensory skills, but in turn to develop their concepts as well.
- Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapist deal with children having Neurological conditions like Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Delay. The therapy is provided by combining the Sensory Integration Approach along with Neuro Developmental Treatment. This helps the child to improve his attention towards non preferred activities, helps improve their communication skills, development in Gross Motor and Fine Motor Skills, tackling challenging behaviour and helps in handling sensory issues.
- Speech Therapy
The purpose of speech therapy for children with multiple disabilities is to develop their potential to communicate mainly through speech and, if not possible, through other nonverbal systems. The process of speaking involves the performance of the structures required for breathing (e.g.; the lungs, the diaphragm, the rib cage, and larynx) and feeding (e.g.; the lips, the tongue, the jaws and the palate). Hence, it is crucial for these structures to function in coordination to produce clear speech. Speech therapy works to develop these vital movements through relaxation exercises, breathing exercises and voice exercises. Oro-motor exercises, includes therapy to develop movements of the lips, the tongue and the jaws, for producing intelligible speech. The children who do not have the ability to speak, are provided with alternative communication modes.
- Art Based Therapy
Art based therapy represents the use of art forms like music, drama, dance and painting and their combination in therapy. Art based therapy has found to be useful for both children and adults especially in cases of developmental and emotional needs.
As our children transition from childhood towards adolescence, they begin to understand their role in society, and start developing their self-esteem. In order to assist them in this, we begin imparting “Pre-vocational skills”, such as simple packaging, art & craft, functional money concept etc.
TO ENROLL YOUR CHILD
Procedure to enroll your child:
- Contact our admin office @ 022-26592745/9930386115/7506094898
- Make an appointment for an assessment
The details for our fee structure is as below:
Note: We offer subsidized school fees/ sponsorship to children from families with financial constraints.
3 Day Schooling 5 Day Schooling Monthly Fee Rs. 4,000 Monthly Fee Rs. 5,000 Quarterly Fees Rs. 12,000 Quarterly Fees Rs. 15,000 Annual Fees Rs. 48,000 Annual Fees Rs. 60,000
Fee structure for special education: (therapy not included)
Fee structure for early intervention
|2 days schooling|
|Monthly Fee||Rs. 2,000|
|Quarterly Fee||Rs. 6,000|
|Annual Fee||Rs. 24,000|
Therapy: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
|Per session||Rs. 300|
Home program for Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
|Enrolment fee – 3 months program||Rs. 3,000|
|Follow up||Rs. 500|