May Flowers 2016, the summer camp of Insight was organized from 2 about a change in the monotony of the routine affairs of its students and to bring about enthusiasm and inspiration for the next academic year. It was a child centered programme away from technology and academic pressures. Everyday started with a morning prayer followed by relaxation exercises to help them reduce the stress and enjoy the rest of the day. There was music and creative movements everyday through dance to improve balance and gross motor skills. Camp had sessions to promote personal development in a noncompetitive environment. Skills that would help in activities of daily living such as buttoning, tying shoe laces, plaiting hair, were reviewed to help them do it independently. Personalized name key chains were made by them which gave them an importance and pride in their name. A session which developed individuality and creativity is framing their own photos and also decorating it. The campers were proud to take home their framed photos and personalized key chains on the last day.
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A workshop was conducted on 29/2/2016 and 1/3/2016 for the 18 students studying D.Ed.S.E (A.S.D) Course in SIMC, Pangappara. The workshop gave an awakening to these students on how technology can assist in child’s learning, improve speech, bring about a change in behaviour through social stories, develop cognitive skills and boost their self confidence.
December 3rd is celebrated as International day of people with disability all over the world. The theme for this year by United Nations is Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all disabilities. To commemorate this, Insight conducted a day trip to Magic planet, the world’s first magic mansion at Kazhakkoottam, Thiruvananthapuram. It was a novel experience and a day of fun and frolic for the students and parents.
Shalom Special School, is a Centre for children with disabilities situated at Vattappara, Trivandrum. Here children are taught formal education, activities of daily living skills etc. Insight gave training to 13 of their teachers on 26/8//2015 and 21/9/2015 to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a child with special need and to give assistance for their limitations through ICT training. It was a new perception for them and they are planning to introduce ICT training to their students in their training method. The divergent activities in the centre for students, trainers and parents are resourceful and enlightening to the participants and has brought about a positive change in their lives.
.The harvest festival of Kerala Onam, is a festival which is celebrated every year at Insight wth great enthusiasm by the students. This year also it was celebrated on 22/8/2015 with the usual nostalgia. Cultural programmes and competitions were organised for both parents and students. All the students were made to participate in the competitions and it was a time of enthusiasm and social get together for them. The half day celebration ended with the customary payasam.
Multi sensory environment creates a stimulating and calming atmosphere to children with developmental and behaviour disorders. SPACE (Society for Promotion of Alternative Computing and Employment) in collaboration with SBI Life, Trivandrum bestowed a multi sensory environment for the students of Insight at its centre at Vellayambalam on 1/8/2015. Shri. K. Muralidharan MLA was the Chief Guest on the occasion who inaugurated the sensory room. Shri. Subash Babu, Regional Director of SBI Life offered his felicitations. It was a gathering of nearly 80 people consisting of parents, friends and well wishers who came to bless the centre on its growth.
The summer camp 2015 at Insight called “KINGINI KOOTTAM” was a great learning experience to the students who attended the camp. It was the first time many children spent an extended period of time away from home and parents. The children were encouraged to try new things in safe surroundings.
Physical activities such as exercise, dance and games gave them an opportunity to move. It also reonnected them with nature by planting flowering plants in painted pots. Arts and crafts are a great way for special needs children to express feelings, enhance their social skills and cognitive functioning, resolve frustrations, and increase their use of sensorimotor skills including hand-eye coordination and sensory stimulation. Our Kingini Koottam made wall hangings out of plastic cups beads and straw. The camp was also made educational by teaching them money management through the piggy banks they made out of plastic bottles.
A summer camp never ends without entertainment. The most exciting and important part of the camp is the dance for the song ‘I love you mummy’ which really touched the parents emotionally who came to watch the final day programme. This summer camp was one of the most rewarding,unforgettable experience in their life by providing educational, physical and social development.
Centre for Learning at Kuttiyadi, Kozhicode is a Centre for children with learning disabilities run by a Paediatrician committed to service to the society. So far, nearly 1800 students have been trained through this Centre. Insight gave them training to identify the strengths and weaknesses of a child with special need and to give assistance for their limitations through ICT training. It was a new perception for the two Doctors and 3 Special educators who are working there. They are planning to incorporate Insight’s ideologies into their training method.
To extend the services of Insight, we are organizing parents’ training programme to train parents of children with special needs who are unable to attend classes at Insight. One such programme was conducted at Insight on 12/11/2015. The second Parents’ training programme was conducted on 2/4/2015 to commemorate with World Autism day. Parents’ training programmes paves way for broadening our services and resources to other students who are not able to come to the centre.