The therapy facilities offered at Satya include the following:
The Physiotherapy department plays a vital role in the school. It caters to over 90 physically challenged children. Physiotherapy is given to children attending the Early Intervention center ( 0 to 6 years) and Special School (age – 6years to 18years), children with Multiple Disability (0-20 yrs), Adult PWD’s (People with Disabilities-15 years and above). The services provided are individual sessions, group therapy, counseling, and parent training programs. In group therapy, the children are divided into various groups according to their ability level. Group therapy sessions help in peer learning as children are motivated to imitate or repeat activities done by the other children in their group.
Hydrotherapy is given once a week on a one to one basis. Children love to play in water and hence hydrotherapy movements are easily achieved inside the water. Weight reduction therapy also helps the children from obesity and other problems, lose their excess fat and remain healthy. Around 25 children are benefited by this programme.
Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT)
The Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) is the therapy that helps the children to carry on his/her life functions with the least effort and most efficiency. NDT is also called the Bo bath Method of treating cerebral palsy, the method developed by the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association holistically combines Physical Therapy; Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech-Language Pathology. It is based on the brain’s ability to reorganize and recover after neurological insult (neuroplasticity). This approach to neurological rehabilitation is multidisciplinary with the aim of helping the children address aspects such as controlling movements to aid mobility and independence.
At Satya around 50 children with multiple disabilities receive Neuro developmental therapy in addition to physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. Periodic training programmes are held to create the awareness amongst parents where case studies are presented and experiences shared among therapists, parents and special educators.
Speech Therapy Centre
The most important goal of speech therapy is to provide state of the art therapy facilities, free of cost to the disadvantaged population to whom these services are either not available or too expensive. The main area of focus is to improve the child’s existing disability through individualized therapy sessions thereby making them as independent as possible and an important step towards social inclusion and acceptance. The number of children receiving this therapy are 170.
The children who are covered under this therapy are those:
- Who cannot produce speech sounds, or cannot produce them clearly.
- Who have problems with speech rhythm and fluency, such as stuttering stammering etc.
- Who have problem with understanding and producing language.
- Who have cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem solving disorders.
- Who have swallowing difficulties.
Speech therapy software:
Video voice software is used for enhancing semantic and syntactic abilities, Articulation drilling, and Vocal parameters includes voicing, pitch, loudness. It will provide visual feedback which will encourage the child to perform better. Satya has had this facility since 2009 and 50 children are provided training using this software.
Sensory Integration Therapy
Sensory Integration Therapy is a direct one to one therapy with the therapist in an environment providing a variety of sensory opportunities. Sensory Integration therapy helps the therapist achieve the following goals in a child:
The children who are covered under this therapy are those:
• Functional behaviour
• Motor skills
• Cognitive skills
• Social skills
CWSNs who show signs of Visual Dysfunction, Auditory Dysfunction, Tactile Dysfunction, Vestibular dysfunction, Proprioceptive dysfunction connected to the five senses of touch, smell, hearing, vision and taste need sensory integration therapy. At Satya, we use various methodologies in providing sensory integration therapy 1.Stimulation through one to one sessions 2. Stimulation through outdoor activities like sand pits, pebble walks etc. 3. Secondary stimulation in classroom while teaching other skills and adaptation to actual daily living environment. This facility is one of the few options available for CWSNs in this part of the country.
Occupational therapy promotes the health and well being of individuals who have conditions that are mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling by helping them to improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and working environments. This type of therapy assists individuals in performing activities of all types, ranging from using a computer to caring for daily needs such as dressing, cooking, and eating.
Though Pondicherry does not have sufficient number of professionals practicing Occupational Therapy, understanding the importance of this therapy in enabling children to develop skills for their everyday life, Satya had started an OT division in 2008. The therapist evaluates the child’s abilities, recommends and provides therapy either in groups or individually as per the needs of the child. The most important aspect of this therapy is the involvement of the family. The needs, desires and values of the child and family drive the direction of their assessments and intervention. The focus of occupational therapy intervention directly reflects the child’s and/or family’s priorities.
Right from its inception, we at Satya were always aware of the positive effects of alternative therapies. In addition to traditional time tested therapies, we focus on alternative therapies such as dance, music, and art therapy. The response from both the children and the parents towards these therapies is always positive.
The students are trained in techniques that help them gain a better posture, balance and co-ordination. Simple bodily movements and group activities helped the children gain immense confidence which is evident from the public performances of these students.
All children between the age group of 6-15 years undergo dancing sessions of 3 hours in a week .The children enjoy these sessions immensely and actively participate in them.
The world renowned music therapist, Mr. Nigel Osborne, University of Edinburgh, UK has visited Satya 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 develop a song with the rhythm and sing it. He explained how music therapy works and how we can make challenged 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 medium 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 disturbed child using dull /pale colours .