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Services at Disha Special School & Autism Centre
Diagnosis, Assessment and Early Intervention:
The child is diagnosed and assessed in all areas related to the suspected disability, including, vision, hearing, social and emotional functioning, general intelligence, academic performance, communicative status, and motor abilities. Infants and toddlers with suspected or at-risk of delayed development in the age group of 0-3 years are provided services of early intervention by a multi-disciplinary team of experts. The parents are given guidance regarding immunization, nutrition, feeding, sensory-motor development, speech and language development and psycho-social interventions.
Special Education & Training in Activities of Daily Living (ADL):
Educational goals imply progress in child’s personal independence, social and cognitive abilities, verbal and nonverbal communication skills and adaptive skills; reduction of behavioral difficulties; and generalization of abilities across multiple environments. Special Educators at Disha work relentlessly towards enhancing children’s potential by involving them in Individual as well as in Group activities based on each child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Physiotherapists at Disha help children achieve their gross motor functions and work towards enabling them to develop their physical independence and mobility. They also assess, design and carry out stimulation exercises for children to improve their physical skills, minimize the effects of disability and to prevent further deformities.
Occupational Therapy:
Occupational Therapist at Disha helps kids to improve their cognitive (thinking) skills, comprehension skills, and coordination skills and to be able to perform activities of daily life independently; this includes the adaptation of a task to achieve maximum independence and to improve the quality of life. Occupational Therapists evaluate performance of each child, identify deficit and strength areas, develop goals for each student, and evaluate progress in collaboration with other therapists at the centre.
Speech-Language and Communication Therapy:
Through Speech and Communication Therapy, the professionals at Disha help the child realize his/ her maximum communicative ability. Oral motor exercises along with tactile, verbal, and visual stimulation are administered to improve strength and ability of the oral structures. Non-verbal children are trained in communication through other methods like gestures, Applied Verbal Analysis, Augmentative and alternative communication, picture exchange cards. Communication software like Dr. Speech, Interactive software, talk boxes audio-video and audio equipments used according to the learning needs of the children. Speech and language intervention packages are is developed and used according to the individual needs of the child. Parents are also guided to carry out intervention at home.
Sensory Integration Therapy:
Many children with autism have sensory processing difficulties. They could be hypersensitive or under-sensitive to light, noise, and touch. They may be unable to stand the sounds around them, on the other extreme, need to rock, flap and sometimes even injure themselves to be fully aware of their bodies.

The Multi Sensory Integration Unit at Disha is equipped to work with children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Low Vision, Deaf Blindness, and other developmental Disorders. The therapies are provided by special teachers, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists in a way that is constructive, comfortable and appropriate for individual children’s needs.

The state of the art Multi Sensory Integration Facility of DISHA has been visited and appreciated by scores of distinguished visitors.
Play Therapy:
Disha School has well equipped indoor as well as outdoor play areas, which provide the children ample opportunities to learn while playing. Play therapy has had a positive impact on general behavioral problems, self-concept, self-expression and personal growth.
Art Therapy:
Art has great therapeutic value. Art combines creativity and therapy for children with special needs. Participation in art therapy offers children opportunities for learning, creativity and expression of their inner self. Regardless of the benefits of art, we know it is fun, it engages, and it is one medium where there is no right or wrong answer. Art also help children attain skills like Eye-hand coordination, Fine motor skills, Color recognition, Sequential thought, matching and visual stimulation.

Art Therapist at Disha works with children individually as well as in groups introducing them to different media of art. Disha children participate in various art competitions every year and do us proud by winning prizes.
Dance Therapy:
Dance therapy enhances cognitive, emotional, social and physical well being of children. Dance is a tremendously enjoyable way to practice motor skills than simple exercises. Dance provides children opportunities to participate in groups, where children move and interact in a supportive and fun environment, while working on physical strength, coordination, balance, flexibility and socialization skills through music, movement, games and dance.”
Music Therapy:
Music Therapy at Disha is designed to reinforce and strengthen skills identified on the students Individual Education Plan (IEP) to address areas like receptive language, expressive language, socialization, and motor development. Students at school very positively responded to different kinds of music played for them. They also sing, dance and enjoy playing on musical instruments like harmonium, flute and drums.
Aroma Therapy:
Aromatherapy is being successfully administered by professionals at Disha to bring down hyperactivity in some of the children and increasing their attention span.
Yoga Therapy :
Children at Disha greatly benefit from breathing exercises and individual therapy sessions with our volunteer Yoga Expert. Yoga workshops are also organized for parents and teachers of Disha from time to time.
Remedial Education :
Many students with learning difficulties and developmental delays who attend regular school program require additional support to cope with the mainstream education are provided remedial education at Disha so that they can keep up with their other classmates.
Public Awareness and advocacy:
One of Disha' mandates is to increase awareness about autism and other disabilities. Disha organizes seminars, publishes & distributes brochures and charts for spreading awareness about various disabilities particularly Autism Spectrum Disorder. Disha has printed autism awareness posters in English as well as in Gujarati which are displayed in educational institutions and other suitable areas to inform general public about autism.
Outstation Children and OPD:
DISHA Special School also attends to children with special needs from other cities of Gujarat. A program plan is made for home based training and demonstrations are given to the parents for carrying out the skill training and therapy program for home management. Outstation parents are given home training program for their children and regular follow up is provided.. Local children are also given individual therapies with appointment in OPD. Follow up takes place at regular intervals to maintain the progress.
Professionals at Disha:
The uniqueness of DISHA’s services is attributable to its ‘holistic approach’ in providing its services to the children with autism and other multiple disabilities by highly qualified and RCI certified professionals through application of state of the art therapies available under one roof at Disha Special School

Professionals at Disha include certified special educators, assistant teachers; speech, occupational, and physiotherapists; behavioral specialists; vocational resource specialists; art therapist; play therapist, dance therapist, computer teacher, counselor, visiting professionals; administrative staff and volunteers
Criterion for Admission:
Referrals for admission to our programs are mostly received from doctors, hospitals, mainstream schools, teachers, parents and other concerned NGOs. All referrals are subject to the approval of Disha’s Admission & Assessment Committee.

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