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SNM  Special School was the first institution to recognize autism as a disability distinct from others and to start programs for autistic spectrum disorder in 2012. The Autism Center-School of SNM  is Rajasthan first rehabilitate and research center for autistic individual providing holistic services under one roof – a special school, sensory integration clinic, early intervention center, diagnostic center, research cell and an outreach cell.

Shri. Rajeev Arora the Vice Chairman  Rajasthan Foundation ( Minister of State ) & Vice President  Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee India inaugurated SNM  special school, a full-fledged school dedicated to autistic, on 19 November, 2012. State of the art intervention is offered at the SNM  Specail School for children from ages 2 years onwards with severe needs including autistic spectrum disorders and multiple disabilities. This initiative provides productive education and therapy to hundreds who do not fit existing special education programmes. The highlights of the program offered in this school are:-

  • A life centred approach to curriculum planning to meet the needs of child and family.
  • An eclectic combination of different approaches to develop a holistic approach to meet individual needs. Some of the approaches on which intervention for the autistic is based are TEACCH, ABA (with small group of students), and the therapeutic use of drama, music, dance, and yoga. The behavior management strategies are designed according to individual needs.  Positive reinforcement techniques are commonly used for teaching.
  • Sensory Integration therapy is an important part of intervention programme.
  • Neurodevelopment Therapy is an important part of intervention programme.
  • For the high functioning integrated group academics is a vital curriculum area Montessori Method and material is used in classrooms with adaptations according to the individual child.
  • Computer with latest software is regularly used for overall development of the students.
  • Music and dance therapy
  • Yoga and Sports
  • Activities of daily living and managing his/ her environment are taught in real life situations-kitchen, bathroom and dressing room. The students learn to make beds, arrange cloths in cupboards, personal grooming, washing clothes, cooking.
  • Vocational Training for youth above 16 yrs of age-Vocational skills taught are  jewelry design, greeting cards making, gardening,

 Sensory Integration Unit
This is a part of Occupational Therapy clinic and caters to stimulation of individual’s sensory needs. It provides multi sensory therapy for tactile, visual, auditory, propriceptive and vestibular sensations. The Occupational Therapy department further provides opportunity for enhancing motor skills after sensory integration session.

Autism Research Centre

  • Research Coordinator-Dr. Arish Kanwat
  • Research Team-
  • SNM  Special School has planning a technical collaboration for research with the Autism Centre in Indian  University  and foreign University.

Current researches -

  • Effect of Homeopathic Therapeutic regimen for the treatment of ASD- a preliminary study.
  • A study of the neonatal head circumference and head circumference between birth to 4 years of age of Indian Children diagnosed with autism
  • Study of demographic profile, etiology and socio cultural back ground of children with autism in India

The Diagnostic Center:

FIRST STEP EARLY INTERVENTION CENTER

The Early Intervention Center (EIC) at SNM  has in its team the occupational therapist, physiotherapist, psychologist, speech therapist, and special educators.

EIC at the SNM  Special School is specially designed to provide services to children from birth to 3 years of age who have a developmental delay, or are considered to be environmentally or biologically at risk.

Early intervention is aimed at:

  • Accelerating the rate of development of the child.
  • Acquisition of new behaviour skills.
  • Increase the child's level of independence.
  • Early detection and prevention of secondary handicaps.
  • Minimize effect of handicapping condition.
  • Parent and family counseling.
  • Services Provided at the EIC are:
  • Diagnosis and assessment
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychological Services
  • Speech and language therapy

Timings: 9.30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Address:
SNM  Special School,

Contact Person: Mrs Tara Meena, Principal, Autism Centre SNM  special school.

Team at Early Intervention Centre:

  • Special Educators –
  • Psychologist -
  • Speech Therapist -
  • Occupational  Therapist -
  • Physiotherapist  -
  • ABA Specialist -

SNM  SPECIAL SCHOOL
The first branch of SNM  Special School is started in 2012 in slump area in teen shade. SNM  special school caters to the individual needs of children coming from the society,  age ranging from 4-17 years. At SNM  special school, the program focuses on over all development of child depending on needs as well as potential. Functional academics are imparted with parallel intervention with allied therapies depending on the needs of the child. The regular school curriculum is a vital reference points for students who have potential to be included in a regular classroom or join the open school program.

After detailed assessment by special educator, psychologist, occupational therapist, Physiotherapist and speech therapist students are divided into groups according to their chronological age, mental age and functional level. Each group consists of 5 students with one special educator, one assistant teacher or volunteers. The individualized program is made for each child with the help of multy-disciplinary team. Parents are equally involved in this process. While setting the goals the family needs are given priority. After every three month each child’s progress is assessed and on basis of performance short-term goals are delineated for the next quarter. In this process teachers and parents are equal partners- both meet and discuss the observations at school and home. On regular interval parents are called for class observation.

Apart from regular services that form the core of any effective program for the special needs population, what sets SNM  Special School apart, is its emphasis on other alternative strategies and therapies such as :-

Computer Training: A comprehensive computer training programme aims at making the child proficient in basic applications like - MS word, power point, MS excel, Ms outlook express, internet etc. Most children with consistent access to a computer over the period are eventually able to power up the machine, start up a pre-loaded application either from the hard disk or a CD-ROM, quit an application, operate the printer, access the Internet from the desktop, and even send an email, download pictures or images etc. The academic curriculum has been shifted on computer for the students who have difficulty in writing. Adaptive facilities are provided to the students according to the individual needs. Computer training is provided to all students.

Community service: An interactive programme of children from regular schools and SNM  Special School students runs with the aim of establishing meaningful friendships, self esteem, confidence and social skill development.

Speech therapy programme: In addition to the regular speech therapy programme, ABA Programme and behavioural principles are used to get the best results.

Yoga therapy: This helps the adolescents in enhanced co-ordination, increased attention span and reducing hyperactivity.

Creative multi-sensory activities: Are facilitated through rhythmic songs and dance in the junior classes. Students are also taking training in skating, swimming.

Networking: With other schools from India and abroad. In this project student write mails to each other on regular basis; send reply to the queries of partner school; exchange projects to create awareness services and programs in their countries.

Integrated arts, which include drama, dance and music as a therapy and as means of skills acquisition.

SNM   Outreach Centre
SNM  Special School  not only caters to jaipur but also to the other parts of the state. Parents come from different parts of the state for assessment, counseling & for home program. The team of specialist plans the program. The family comes from their respective destinations and stay in jaipur for a week. They are trained how to carry on the home program. They can continue the program at home and come back for discussion about the progress and difficulties or they can contact the authorities via mail or telephone. Similarly an outreach program runs for the children who cannot be settled in regular school program. Intensive training session by a special educator and therapist is taken in which parent or the caretakers are also being trained. Once the child is ready for the school then he/she admitted in the school.

Vocational Training
 
SNM  special school planning start vocational training center in near future.

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