Thursday, 4 August 2011

Visiting Asha Academy for Severely Handicapped and Autism

Today we visited Asha Academy for Autism and Severely Handicapped which is located in Basaveswarnagar. There we met Mrs. Jayashree Ramesh, who gave us a brief description about the functioning of the school. She told us about how she is constantly trying to make them independent by giving them skills and understanding of general knowledge and social skills.

There are six students per class, the ratio being 1:2 - that is, one teacher for two students. This ratio is sensible, according to their needs. The classrooms were divided into five sections: individual tables, space for group activity, independent work, area for break and storage area. The classroom should be compact and not crowded but not too big so as to hold a child’s attention. Each classroom had individual charts for every student with their photos on it with the list of activities they are supposed to do for the day. They relate more to visuals than to text therefore every chart had visuals along with words. Every student had a name card which was velcro-ed to their desks and they were supposed to put the card in the particular pocket of the class they were going to next, so as to make them independent. They took small things into account such as the fact that autistic children can’t generalise and therefore for example if they were teaching about balls they were shown images of every kind of ball available. They clicked pictures of the students in their own class of their different emotions so as to make them understand their own emotions. There were some kids who were taught embroidery and block painting.

When we asked Mrs. Jayashree Ramesh about her requirements for an autistic school, she gave us the following list:

Vocational centre

Playground- track events, group games like basket ball, skating etc.

Yoga centre/ P.E. exercises

Park- for sensory experience

Dining hall- Coffee shop ( so they learn how to buy or ask for things)

Computer lab/ A.V. room

Area for resting

Large hall/ auditorium for group activities

Music hall

Training room-Adl ( learning housekeeping)

Play therapy

Montessori

Store to sell products made by them

Kitchen with bakery

Gardening- horticulture, medical plantation and kitchen garden

Big store house

Good toilets both Indian and western preferably with no steps

O.T. room

Swimming pool

Horse riding

Doctors: General physicians, Paediatrician, Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Psychologist

Speech and language therapy

By Swati Piparsania and Samrudhii Palshetkar

1 comment:

  1. This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone.
    Kitchen Garden

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