Days are flying by and it’s lovely to see how we are progressing with each day. It feels great to see that things are getting better with each month.
We had grandparent’s day where the grandparents showered us with pearls of wisdom .We have always been aware of how the lifestyle changes are affecting us and our kids. But from grandparent’s day, we became even more conscious about what food habits to adopt, what are the changes in our lifestyle that we should embrace and so on. So, it was wonderful to see our kids from the grandparent’s perspective. It was lovely to see grandparents sharing the love and the warmth with each other.
We had two therapist training meetings and we discussed in details about communication, proprioceptive system and the eclectic approach used at Khushi. One important point that came across in the lecture on communication was that all kids try to communicate using gestures, facial expressions, some kind of a sound and lastly speech. It is very important to recognize and ACKNOWLEDGE any form of communication that the child attempts rather than focusing on speech alone. If these attempts at communication including facial expressions, gestures and sounds or syllables are not encouraged then the child will stop using these. We also had a parent training lecture and explained to all of them of our Brain-body connections exercises and its effects on kids.
Another lecture that we had for therapists was about the importance of using eclectic approach for working with kids. At Khushi, we combine principles of Sensory integration, ABA, VBA, Behavior principles, TEACCH, floor time, Options, RDI, Rhythmic movement training, Special education and many more. But while using all of these, the most important point is just and just having fun and playing with the kids!!!
The kids in the group therapy sessions are improving in leaps in bounds and making remarkable progress which is very satisfying and motivating. We have now started using I pads for our kids along with tablets and the computer training that we did before. And the squeeze machine is helping a lot of our kids overcome their tactile issues and also calming them to a great extent!!!!
We have the sound system installed in all the rooms at Khushi and guess what…melodious classical raag is playing in the background according to the time of the day. Classical music affects the brain’s organization and abilities, through its melody and rhythm. The rhythm raises the level of serotonin produced in our brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, involved in the transmission of nerve impulses that helps maintaining joyous feelings. When the brain produces serotonin, tension is eased. The powerful effects of music are fundamental in life, and its beneficiaries always appear to perform better in life. We have now got Khushi partly air conditioned!!!
Khushi is participating in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon as a charity partner and all our charity bibs have been sold out. Sayuri Dalvi, a parent of a child with Autism is participating in the marathon as a dream maker. Please support her on http://www.facebook.com/SayuriDalviFanClub?ref=hl.
The Oberoi Melting Pot 2012 brought the world to us-. Hosted by The Consular Corps in Mumbai, The Rotary Club of Bombay and The Oberoi, Mumbai, this event saw consulates from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, The Kingdom of the Netherlands, Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Poland, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and The United States of America took part. Above all, the event was held to support four charities and their work—one of them being Khushi.
We got our new uniforms for our kids which we and the kids love it!!! Oh! Oh! Oh! Then happened the dandia party which was just amazing and we all-kids, their parents and therapists danced till we crashed!!!