The evening program started 2 years back, but truly came of age in the year 2014-15. The main purpose to start that program was to offer a recreational/co-curricular activities after-school program, apart from academics. In this recent year the students from evening group therapy program participated in Annual day and sports day as well. Through this program we enhance the abilities of the students in their specific concern areas of development.
Activities of daily living:
In this we train to the students in self help skills like;
- Manage hygiene routine
- Perform oral hygiene routine.
- Perform grooming routine.
- Prepare simple meals.
Dance & Movement:
Dance is a terrific form of self-expression, exercise and creativity for all. Dance helps children be more aware of their bodies, focusing on all body parts and the way they move. Dance helps them learn about their body, improving posture, balance, body awareness, coordination and motor skills. Children participating in dance/movement therapy usually see an increase in their self esteem and confidence through mastering new skills. When dance therapy is done with in a group children will benefit from working together and cooperating in dance routines thus fostering interactions and improving their abilities to relate to peers. For many children who have trouble communicating dance provides a form of self-expression and an outlet for them to creatively. Dance is also a safe and inviting environment to meet peers and socialize.
Creative art activities help children in all areas of development. Creative art supports children’s large and small muscle development, as well as their eye-hand coordination. Using crayons, markers, and paintbrushes helps children practice the fine motor control they will need for writing later on. Through creative art, children may be able to represent experiences that they cannot verbalize. .
Information & Communication Technology:
ICT helps motivate children with special needs by giving them a neutral feedback to show instant success, marking of work and appropriate reward, which greatly assists them to keep trying and to move on to the next levels of progres
Social skills need to be taught consistently to children at early ages and particularly in special education classes. It is essential to expose students to social skills as they may not be educated in these essential life skills at home. Parents may not have the knowledge, time, or parenting skills to instil these basic, yet important skills. These important life and social skills are applied in school and at home thus benefiting the student, educators, parents, and the whole community. Valuable instructional time is lost managing behaviour issues, teaching conflict resolution, and providing crisis intervention. The ultimate goal is for teachers, parents, and administrators to begin to see students utilizing conflict resolution skills and self control as they learn the appropriate problem solving and social skills to deal with their feelings and generalize appropriate behaviour across various situations. With decreasing behaviour issues in the classrooms, teachers and will be able to focus more on academics and providing effective instruction while the students will begin to see success academically and behaviourally.
Health & Fitness:
Fitness in special needs classrooms can do just that and optimize many other abilities in the process. By being active every day indoors and out, students with special needs are engaged in a healthy life style. If we consider the qualities that make life as good as possible, physical health is certainly in the top tier. Being physically active with an individualized fitness program has too many proactive and preventative benefits to ignore.
In health & fitness we are doing training exercises like; cardio, repetition & circuit training. These exercises help to improve strength, speed and endurance. We are using Kinesiology based activities and modified games like; miniature golf, tennis etc. It helps to improve coordination, balance and posture stability etc.
Participation in Sports Day:
The very first time students of evening group therapy program participated in sport activities, games, races as per their capabilities, on sports day. The games were structured and planned specifically to challenge their individual capabilities and at the same time to get the sense of accomplishment.
Participated in Annual day:
This annual day started with the bang of evening group performance. The students form evening program enacted as freedom fighters. Before taking up this dance performance the children were made to understand about freedom fighters and they were excited to get dress and represent their icons.
Participated in Children’s day:
Children’s Day — a day dedicated to children. The enthusiasm of Children’s Day festival can also be witnessed in the practice of exchanging ‘Happy Children’s Day’ wishes among the students. On that children’s honour day the centre of attraction was ‘Bal-Mela’ organized by Pallavanjali staff. This included fun activities and kept a price for all the performers. It was huge fun for children.