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Comm DEALL – Special education, India

 

 

PROJECT SUMMARY

 Voice Of a Child established partnership with Communication DEALL in December 2012. This project, based in Bangalore, is an indigenous early intervention program for children with Autism that is geared to the particular socio-economic context of India. The individualized program provides motor, social, cognitive and communication training to children with pervasive developmental disorders.

 

STATUS OF THE PROJECT

Ongoing

 

GOALS

 – There are many children in the program who are from low income families. We welcome donations to support the fees of such children.

– The number of families that come to seek care is way beyond the capacity of the current building where the program is operating. Comm DEALL is working on expanding the infrastructure and services to meet the growing need.

 

WORK ACCOMPLISHED

 The Comm DEALL program started in 2001 in Bangalore as an experimental program with 12 children, in the age group of 2 to 5 years, diagnosed as being within the Autism Spectrum Disorders. It aimed at integrating children with these disorders in regular school with intensive preschool intervention.

By 2003, Comm DEALL spread to six units in three cities. During the last decade, the Comm DEALL program has made difference in the lives of thousands of children and families. The individualized program provides motor, social, cognitive and communication training. The program provides intensive stimulation (3 hours/day, 5 days/week, over an academic year) by a team of speech language pathologist, occupational therapists, psychologists and teachers with 1:3 staff to children ratio.

 

HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT?

Please visit our donation page to make your tax deductible donation to support Comm-DEALL’s early intervention program.

$25 – Will support a child’s therapy for a month

$50 – Will support a child’s therapy for 2 months

$250 – Will support a child’s therapy for an year

$500 – Will support the development of a new center for early intervention program

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DETAILED PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The growing numbers of families who are looking for help, coupled with the results of a survey on intervention facilities available for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Bangalore city in 1999 -2000, indicated that while behavioral, communication and special education services were the most sought after by families, all these services were not available at any one center, necessitating that the families travel miles together with their little child on a daily basis in order to avail these services.

Dr. Prathibha Karanth’s four decade long work in the field of speech language pathology and the steep increase in the number of families with children with ASD that sought her help, coupled with the total lack of concerted services for these children, even in metropolitan cities like Bangalore, eventually led to the setting up of the Communication DEALL program.

It was concluded that multidisciplinary intervention through a team approach under one roof was urgently needed to support children with Autism. This was the immediate catalyst for the setting up of the program in November 2000, as a tentative trial project. Given the progress seen in the first batch of children by April 2001, the program was continued subsequently. During the last decade the Communication DEALL program has been tried with hundreds of children, with constant updates in order to further enhance its efficacy.

To know more about this project, visit Comm-DEALL’s website.