Play is a fundamental activity which is indispensable to the development and blossoming
of every individual. For children, it is complementary to all activities connected to
learning. Children with Special Needs often do not get an opportunity to play without
any inhibitions. In order to provide these deprived children an opportunity to express
themselves through free play method, the project was launched in partnership with
Chemins D’Enfances, Leon, France, an organisation involved in running play centres to
relieve children from unknown fear, stress, and a way of improving inter personal
skills. Launched in 2010, the play centre and Ludo Mobil project has been very
successful in helping children from difficult situations gain self-confidence while
learning problem solving and communication skills. A total of 536 children from Satya
Special School and three partnering organizations are being benefited by this programme.
The students are trained in techniques that help them gain a better posture, balance, and
coordination. Simple body movements and group activities help children gain immense
confidence which is evident from the public performances of these students. All children
between the ages of six and 15 years undergo dance sessions three hours a week. The
children enjoy these sessions immensely and actively participate in them.
Mr. Nigel Osborne, world-renowned music therapist, University of Edinburgh, UK has
visited our premises twice to train our students in using music as a means to
communicate with each other. By combining the five senses along with rhythms and sounds
created, he made CWSNs of Satya Special School develop a song with rhythm and sing it.
He explained how music therapy works and how we can make differently abled children
improve their speech and psychomotor skills.
What started as an experiment in 2007, materialized into a regular session with artists,
educators, and volunteers. The children learn to play with colour using various mediums
like paper, hard board, canvas, etc. The colours used by the children are a direct
reflection of the mood of the child – with a happy child using bright colours and a
troubled and disturbed child using dull/pale colours.