We at Muskan have pledged to always keep our children’s needs first.
- The only school in Mumbai providing services to children with MDVI.
- We follow a Multidisciplinary approach and work along with the therapists, to develop the program for the child
- We provide a Holistic support to children and their parents
- We have trained staff in MDVI using the latest techniques and strategies.
- Cost effective education and therapy
- Comprehensive services all under one roof
TEACHING MODELS, AIDS & SPECIAL EQUIPMENTS
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual needs. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP as per his/her individual needs, style of learning, grasping capacity.The IEP has two general purposes: (1) to establish measurable annual goals for the child; and (2) to state the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services that the public agency will provide to, or on behalf of, the child. When constructing an appropriate educational program for a child with a disability, the IEP team broadly considers the child’s involvement and participation in various areas. Below mentioned are the areas covered in an IEP of a child:
- Fine Motor
- Gross Motor
- Communication/ Language Skills
- Concept development/cognition
- Orientation and Mobility
- Spatial awareness
- Sensory Awareness
- Pre vocation
Since Muskan Foundation has children with multiple disabilities, the IEPs made are very specific to the utmost/immediate needs of the child. For instance, we work on the child’s gross motor, fine motor, sensory issues, and communication first before we move on to hard core academics. In short we look at what is best for the child after discussing the same with the family, therapists, teachers etc.
All our special educators have completed a course in at least one of the fields of disabilities (Visual impairment/ Learning Disability/ Deafblindness/ Mental Retardation) from reputed institutions like Helen Keller’s Institute for the deaf &deafblind, National Association for the Blind, SNDT Department of Special Education.They all hold the Rehabilitation Council of India license to work with children with Disabilities.
SUCCESS STORIES & PARENT TESTIMONIALS
Sabiya & Sadiya
Sadiya joined Muskan Foundation with her twin sister Sabiya on 5th December 2016 at the age of 5. Both Sabiya and Sadiya are Visually challenged (Nystagmus) and suffer from Cerebral Palsy. They hadn’t achieved the age appropriate developmental milestone before joining Muskan. In the beginning, the twins could not sit nor stand properly, they used to drool a lot, and they had no eye contact and also lacked neck control. Today, after receiving the prescribed intervention they have started recognizing people and their environment easily which has resulted in improvement in the areas mentioned earlier. Both Sadiya and Sabiya can now sit in the right posture for a long duration of time and require minimum assistance to perform an activity. They have also started using the tripod grip to perform various activities.
Initially they used to communicate using their eyes, but now they both have started communicating through the communication board level 1. They now understand short commands like give, take, move, hold, sit, etc. That’s not it! They have started participating in the Circle Time Activities and take turns with each other. Sabiya and Sadiya love colouring and listening to poems. Their parents have complete faith in their daughters as well as in Muskan. We too believe that these two wonders have a beautiful journey with loads of success awaiting them.
Varun came to Muskan at the age of 5 years, having been diagnosed with Severe Intellectual Disability (82%), developmental delay with Autistic features, Pierre Robin sequence and Optic Disc Coloboma. He has severe hearing loss in the right ear and profound hearing loss in the left ear along with speech impairment. Varun was a very challenging case to work with, but our teachers and therapists were determined to help him. His basic need was that of proprioceptive pressure and we used several techniques of giving him the correct body pressure to calm him down. He used to resort to means of biting himself, hitting is head on anything and kicking anyone who tried to come near him. Varun’s main area to work on was his sensory integration, to bring him to a level of just sitting at a place. With a multi-disciplinary approach, the therapist’s, special educator’s and Varun’s mother’s undying determination, we have seen a tremendous improvement in his behavior.
Varun, being a Hyper Active Child was very restless. He would throw things, push chairs with his hands or legs and snatch toys, but now he is calmer as the teachers have developed good rapport with him. Now he has his hands in the pocket and does not push anything while walking around. Varun follows a diet and has learned to eat and drink with the help of his teacher. With the help of the sign language taught to him by his teachers, he is now able to respond using the same. Varun is very fond of activities in this group. He actively participates in learning concepts related to colour, shape, size etc.
Aaradhya joined Muskan on 3rd July 2017 for the mother toddler program. But before her enrolment into this program she used to come to Muskan for Vision Rehabilitation Therapy and Occupational Therapy at the age of 7 months. Aaradhya suffers with visual impairment. When she joined, she had limited vocabulary and threw a lot of tantrum. All she asked was, “who is this”?
Today her vocabulary has developed to a drastic extend. She speaks and does whatever she learns from the program at home as well. She also imitates her teacher. Her stubbornness and tantrum have also reduced. Initially her mother was quite upset with her behaviour, but now she is taken back with the change she has been showing. She now plays her payal in a rhythm when said cham cham as a part of sensory training. Her understanding has developed a lot through the program, e.g. when shown a glass and asked what is this? She instantly replies “a glass” and on asking what is it used for? She replies, “to drink water” in a sweet manner.
AWARENESS INITIATIVES & CELEBRATIONS
- LOOKING THROUGH THE GLASSES OF EMPATHY – An awareness Initiative by MUSKAN
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance – Nathaniel Branden
Muskan works for the benefit of those physically disabled, who, for years have been looked upon with pity. We at Muskan strive to bring in a revolution through our programme, “Looking through the glasses of Empathy” and hope to change the ideology from “Pity” to “Empathy”. Thus, to bring the desired change, we conduct various programmes and awareness activities in schools, colleges as well as corporate firms wherein these people are treated like every other person so as to create a different perspective in the young minds. We do these drives at School, College, Corporate & General Public levels. We do these drives to celebrate the Special Days dedicated to our cause such as Helen Keller’s Day, World Disability Day, World White Cane Day etc.
If you would like to organize an awareness drive in your Corporate/ School/ College, Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A FEEL OF THE REAL WORLD – OUR OUTDOOR VISITS
Every child has the right to know how it feels to go to a market, a mall, a temple or any regular place. So why should our Special kids be left behind?Besides, there is no better learning than incidental learning. So far, we have taken our Muskan children to
- The market to shop
- A temple and a church
- A police station
- A hospital
- A park/garden
- A bus stop
- The zoo
Here in Muskan, we make it a point to celebrate each and every festival regardless of caste and creed. The main objective behind celebrating these festivals is to create a sense of awareness in the minds of the little ones. The different materials and objects used for these festive occasions helps our children with their different sensory issues as well. And above all, the smiles on their face is what we all work towards.
- We celebrate Holi, in our school premises, with edible colors.
- For RakshaBandhan, we take our children to a regular school, and celebrate this festival, along with spreading awareness and integrating them at the same time. Also kids are taught to make their own rakhi’s!
- Diwali is celebrated in great pomp and show, with a Diwali party, with some great music, food and games. Our children also make Diya’s and Rangoli’s.
- Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated by the making of “Sevaiyaan”.
- The importance of republic &independence day is taught to our children as well.
- Santa brings some great gifts for our children on Christmas!