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SUMMER CAMP 2017 “മഴവില്ല്”

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Summer camps are one of the ways to stay active during the summer holidays, learn and also have fun. Insight summer camp for the year 2017 was held from 15/5/2017 to 19/5/2017 for five days. The theme for the camp was ‘colour’, to make the camp extra colourful. The camp days were made bright with staff and children wearing a particular colour on all the camp days. 25 students of age group 5 to 16 attended the camp.
The camp had multifaceted activities from gardening to cooking, art and craft work. Dance and folk songs added flavour to the camp activities. Each day started with prayer, had physical movements to relieve tension and improve cognitive processing, activities for skill development and self expression through folk songs and action songs to help them communicate.
1The first day had gardening to start with. Garden is a place with calming atmosphere and stimulates the senses of the children with autism. The students enthusiastically brought flowering plants from their homes and enjoyed planting them at Insight. The colour, smell and texture of the plants were appealing to their senses. There was team work among themselves while planting and watering. This experience has given them self confidence to replicate it in their homes.
2The second day gave them an opportunity to practice their culinary skills. The menu had fruit salad and puffed rice laddu. The students were able to identify and taste different fruits which enhanced their sense of taste. While making puffed rice laddu, they were able to feel the sticky jaggery inducing tactile stimulation. They had a wonderful time making them and eating it too with great delight.

3 Art and craft is part of any summer camp and here also the students had the opportunity to use their creativity in making fans using crepe paper. The decoration on the fans explicitly revealed their imagination and individuality.
4Children with special needs especially children with ASD, have problem with socialization and communication. They have difficulty in understanding family relationships and also to address them. The fourth day was a learning experience about family relationships by arranging photos of family members in a frame and decorating it using their unique abilities. It gave them tactile stimulation also as they were making use of glue .

5Fifth day instilled in them the concept of making use of waste materials into something creative and useful. Students brought T- shirts from home which cannot be used by them and the teachers helped them to make pot hangers out of it. This gave them the idea that waste material could be made use in various ways using their imagination.

7The common folk songs and action songs taught everyday is sung by them even after the camp at home. Parents have appreciated the changes that the camp has brought about and desired for such camps not only during summer but also during onam and christmas holidays.

8There were special games everyday which inevitably brought about changes in them. Games such as setting up rooms facilitated them to understand the different objects that have to be retained in each rooms. Talent hunt was another feature in the summer camp which brought forth different talents of the students. Musical games, exercises to the beat of drums, book balancing, identifying animal sounds augmented their knowledge as well as gross motor abilities.

The camp has provided the students an opportunity to develop positive behaviours and social skills along with fun and games. It has also prevented regression that usually occurs during the summer vacation. Summer camp has improved their confidence, self esteem, communication skills and friendship that could be continued further in their life. Summer camp was an eye opener to teachers as well. They were able to ascertain the different characteristics of each student which could come in handy during their sessions in future.

May Flowers 2016

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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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Preparatory session for Special B.Ed. students:

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

DSCN9542A 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.

Disability day celebration

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Dis day.jpegDecember 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.

Foundation session for B.Ed .students:

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Trs trg.jpegInsight conducted a session for B.Ed students of Government College of Teacher Education, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram on 5/11/2016. It introduced them to the various technologies used to enhance the academic ability, speech and cognitive skills of the special needs children.

Trainers’ Training Programme:

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Trs trg.jpegShalom 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.

Onam Celebration

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Onam.jpeg.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.

Sensory room inauguration

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

DSC_9472Multi 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.
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Summer camp 2015 “Kingini Koottam”

Monday, June 15th, 2015

DSCN9204The 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.

Training programme for Doctors and Special Educators

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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.