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Oxygen Enrichment Program

Techniques for Oxygen Enrichment Program

  • Reflex bags 
    The child is made to breathe into a bag. Automatically the child starts breathing deeply. This helps develop the lungs. Also, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the air causes the blood vessels to dilate. As a result, a larger surface area is available for the brain to draw oxygen from. This is like passive ‘Pranayam’ and is done strictly under supervision.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • BEMER
    BEMER helps improve microcirculation. BEMER therapy results in 29 % increased microcirculatory blood flow and 29% increased oxygen utilization. This results in improved supply of oxygen to all the organs of the body including the brain.

 

  • Respiratory Patterning
    It is just a gentle rhythmic squeeze that feels like a hug, over and over again. It is very relaxing and helps regulate breathing. The child is first exposed to manual mode of respiratory patterning before being stimulated by the machine. It results in improvement of the child’s vocalization, tone, range and volume. It increases concentration and focus and helps the child in activities that require co-ordination. It enhances mood and emotions of the child and calms them down.

 
 

 

 

 

Patterning program

While the child lies passively on the table, his / her head and limbs are moved in a coordinated fashion. Depending on the need of the child, either homo-lateral or cross-patterning is done. 3 to 5 people are required to pattern one child. Patterning helps improve organisation in the brain. It also helps the child to learn creeping and crawling. It helps make a direct connection with the brain. Hence it is known as ‘passive brain surgery’.

 

Brain Gym program

Brain gym movements prior to learning activities improve stability, mobility and sensorimotor coordination. There are about 26 brain gym activities that include cross crawl, balance buttons and thinking caps. In turn, these motor skills support ease of learning. The anticipated benefits of brain gym include better binocular vision, hand-eye coordination and body flexibility. Further, it activates the brain for optimal storage and retrieval of information. It is a great way to improve focus, memory and concentration by refreshing the child’s body and mind.

 

 

 

 

Brain Yoga

Brain yoga helps stimulate brain growth. It is done every morning as part of the Assembly routine.

 

Sensory Integration program

  • Auditory Integration - Most children with special needs have either hyposensitive or hypersensitive hearing. This affects their ability to socialise, concentrate and the ability to focus, resulting in a sense of disorientation. The Auditory Integration program which is done with noise cancellation head phones helps overcome all these problems.

  • Olfactory Stimulation - Most children with special needs cannot differentiate between various smells. This is because the Limbic Area of the brain is underdeveloped. Olfactory stimulation helps develop the Limbic Area which is the Seat of Emotions. This results in increased emotional stability and reduces meltdowns and mood swings.

  • Gustatory Stimulation - The children are exposed to different tastes in a structured manner.

  • Tactile Stimulation - Most children with special needs are not aware of their body. They are either hypersensitive or hyposensitive to touch and they lack the sensation of touch. All this results in various symptoms like aimless wandering, lack of spatial awareness, bumping into objects and poor gross and fine motor skills. Tactile stimulation involves exposing the child to different textures, rough/smooth, hard/soft and hot/cold sensations throughout the day at regular intervals.

  • Visual Stimulation - The Reading and Math programs which are used to teach the children reading, quantity recognition and simple Math also help develop the visual pathway to the brain.

 

Nutrition Program

Excellent nutrition is the basis of Physiological excellence. The children follow a Gluten free, Casein free and Sugar free diet. The school provides a healthy and wholesome lunch as per the diet to the children. Guidelines are given to the parents to follow the diet at home.

 

Early intervention program

The early years of a child’s development are the most crucial. All the therapies and programs at the school work best with small babies and children. Hence we have an Early Intervention Program for babies and very small children, even under one year old. The earlier you start working with a special needs child, the better are his / her chances of catching up with peers in every aspect.

 

Parent Counselling

We believe that parents are THE MOST important factor in the life of a child with special needs. Very often, parents are directionless and confused. It is very important for the parents to be fine, then only can they help their child with special needs. Parent counselling is thus an integral part of the school activities.

 

Academy of Learning and Development - A project for 'special children' by Sushilabai Nanasaheb Deo Charitable Trust.