news @ INSIGHT

Parents’ training programme April 2nd, 2015

parents' trgTo 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.

Awareness programme for parents March 30th, 2015

awarenessChildren with special needs often face problems in communication and language development and parents are ignorant of the fact that speech could be developed through everyday activities at home because they have more opportunities and time to interact with the child. Therefore, an awareness programme was conducted at our Centre for the parents on 30/3/2015. An experienced Speech Language pathologist Mrs. Anuja officiated to guide the parents to understand the child’s difficulties and improve their child’s communication and language development. The programme paved way for the parents to initiate intervention for their children from home.

Fifth International Free Software Conference, Kerala December 20th, 2014

International free software conferences are being held to highlight Kerala’s achievements in the domain of Free software, as well as to bring together the community to discuss priorities and action items. The fifth International Free software conference of Kerala, Swatantra 2014 was held from 18 to 20 December 2014 at Thiruvananthapuram. The theme of the conference was “Free software for a Free World.” Insight was represented in the conference under the topic “Computing for the Differently abled.”

Disability day programme at Insight December 6th, 2014

Disability dayInsight organized a programe for the students and parents of Insight on the occasion of International Day of persons with disability on the 6th of December, 2014. The highlight of the programme was an interactive session by Mr.Brahma Nayakam Mahadhavan a Social Activist / Special Educator / Independent Education Management Professional. He is also a recipient of the prestigious National Youth Award in the year 2000. He motivated the parents to bring out the innate potential of their children. In another session in the afternoon, Dr. Manju, a parent and a Paediatrician enlightened the participants on various disciplines of parenting. The programme came to an end with a skit by our students which had the participation of all our students.

Insight’s stall at International symposium December 4th, 2014

stallInternational symposium on ‘Assistive technology for Rehabilitation and Disability Management’ was organized by Centre for Disability studies, Poojapura to commemorate International Day of persons with disabilities from 2nd to 4th of December, 2014 at Mascot Hotel. Insight got the opportunity to put up a stall on the occasion and demonstrate the activities of Insight to people of other Centres of Kerala and from other countries. The stall was visited and appreciated by the participants of the symposium.

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) October 30th, 2014

unnamedAbility to communicate is the key to social participation. Speech impairment can be source of behavioral issues and social exclusion among autistic children. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is a form of communication that enhances or replaces speech. It helps those with serious speech impairments, like non-verbal autistic children develop language skills, decrease frustration and finally and most importantly, increase socialisation and participation.

In mid 2014, Insight introduced AAC tool based on mobile devices, to Sherin Mary Zacharia,, the 12-year-old autistic child from Kochi. Improvement in her quality of life is a testimony to the positive changes that AAC can bring in the life a cognitively-challenged person. Affected by Pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDDNOS), a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum, Sherin hardly speaks three sentences a day. She started writing at an early age of four and later was introduced to communication boards with minimal options like food, water, toilet etc. Then she started picking up writing in limited way. In case of emergency she writes with her fingers on her mothers hand. But all these provided only limited scope to express herself.

Workshops for Special Educators September 6th, 2014

teachers'During the month of September 2014, two workshops for the teachers in the field of special education was conducted. The first programme was conducted at Rotary Institute for Children in Need Of Special Care, Vazhuthacaud, Trivandrum. 12 teachers were introduced to the new pedagogy of teaching children with special needs.

The second programme which was conducted at Mridula Sparsham, Tripunithura showed new dimensions in teaching special children with the free software. 8 teachers and one parent participated in the programme.

The two programmes have facilitated to prove that technology can be used more effectively to teach children with special needs.

Sensory Room Setup at Insight. March 28th, 2014

_MG_9503A Sensory room is launched under Insight project of SPACE in Trivandrum. The room is setup with financial support from SBI Life. Room contain sensory equipments to stimulate visual, audio, and tactile senses.

Sensory rooms are special area with sensory stimulating equipment. The room is used for various sensory integration therapies. Room will contain electronic and non-electronic devices and toys that can provide various stimulations to children. This include, visual, auditory, tactile, motion and olfactory sensations. Sensory Integration Therapies are essential for children with Autism and
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Facility is free for the public. Children in need are provide 30 to 45 minute sessions. For those who would like to make use of the facility can call +91 471 2318997.

ADHD Awareness Programme November 6th, 2013

October being ADHD awareness month, an awareness programme was organised on the 28th of this month. Dr. Anil Kumar and Dr. Dinesh of Child Psychiatry of Trivandrum Medical College graced the occasion by their presence. Dr. Anil Kumar, the Guest speaker, apprised the parents about ADHD, its features, different forms of manifestations, its management, medication etc through video. Nearly 20 parents got the rare opportunity to listen to such a dedicated and experienced speaker. (more…)

SPACE at Child Psychiatry Update October 7th, 2013

Child Psychiatry update is a regular programme conducted every month by the Psychiatry Department of Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram. Doctors, Medical students, other para medical professionals and students and parents of children treated in their department are updated on the latest news and developments in this field through this programme. (more…)