Friday, March 14, 2014

How to conduct a cooking Class for Special Children

One of the activities that can be included in the training of special education is cooking.
 Teaching special children to cook is same as teaching a normal child to cook. The student may be 15years old or 20years but he/she has to be taught from the basics when he is introduced to the kitchen.
Cooking food is the fantastic way of getting children interested in healthy food habits.
Let me take you to a kitchen where a group of five students will learn to make Dhal, a traditional dish that is cooked in every home.
A proper environment should be created, where a group of children are seated comfortable (not standing together near the stove) in the kitchen.

The cooking session of Dhal can proceed with following steps

1.    Each child is given a graphic recipe of the dhal dish that they will make
2.    All the ingredients (moong dhal, water, coriander leaves, green chilies, garlic,  tomatoes, salt) are place in front of children on the table.

3.    Each child is asked to identify the ingredient by its touch, smell and taste
4.    Two children are asked to come closer to the workstation and are asked to wash the dhal with water.

5.    Children are asked to light the gas and keep dhal for boiling. One teaspoon of turmeric is added to the dhal.

While the dhal is kept to boil, the children can be involved in interactive discussion about hygiene, good eating habits or math on measurements of ingredients. Children can help in chopping tomatoes, chilies, cleaning of coriander leaves and in peeling garlic cloves.During the cooking session, children learn to apply math and reading skills as they follow recipes and measure the ingredients that they will use in the recipe. They also learn about food safety and meal planning skills. They learn about nutrition and healthy choices in fun and interactive way.

6.    When the dhal is boiled, it is lifted off from fire and churned well.
7.    Dhal is transferred back on stove.
8.    Chopped tomatoes, chilies and coriander leaves are added to the dhal.
9.    In a separate pan, oil is heated and chopped garlic is added.
10. Burnt garlic is added to the dhal.
 Recap of the method of preparation can be discussed with the class. Children are given a bowl ful of dhal to taste.

Some games can also be played as follow up after the session.

Moong Dhal
1cup moong dhal
2 cups water
2 chopped onions
2 green chilies
2 cloves of chopped garlic
1tbsp oil
salt to taste.

1.    Boil dhal in 2cups of water
2.    Add turmeric powder
3.    Keep it to cook for 15 minutes or till dhal is soft
4.    Churn the dhal and mix it well
5.    Add the chopped tomatoes
6.    Add chopped chilies
7.    Add chopped coriander
8.    Add salt
9.    In a separate pan, fry the chopped garlic till brown,
10. Pour it into the dhal
Serve with boiled rice.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

World Class Champions Make Us Proud

This year, our school, Swami Brahmanand Prathisthan, Center for Mentally Challenged, celebrates silver jubilee year. It is the year to mull over its’ existence, to understand the challenges faced by the institutions and to share the joys experienced at the victory achieved by students.

Parents and teachers work hard in developing the strength of a child; it is not an easy task. Every child has his own ability and his own capacity to perform, every teacher has to explore and work hard to improve that field of interest in which he/she shows capacity to improve. But fruits are sweet, especially when they bring back credentials in the form of medals and certification of recognition.

This year is special.

Four of our children were invited to participate in ‘Asia Special Olympics’ held at Newcastle, Australia, to represent our country and they came back with 2 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze. 

Our happiness knew no bounds. We had a huge celebration to felicitate these winners. There was a special event organized whereby children were given gifts in cash and kind.

Laxmi Shetty brought back 2 gold medals for table tennis doubles.

Laxmi shetty is a very efficient student. She shows skills in every field: in handicraft, in cooking and in sports. Laxmi joined school in the year 1994 at the age of 7. She was placed in the Junior group and after going through all levels she has reached 
Vocational level at 18.

Laxmi is an all rounder. Besides sports, she also excels in art and dance. She started participating in sports competitions since 1996. She showed interest in Table Tennis and her initial training started under Mr. G.V.Shastry who is a National Level TT champion. She participated in many TT competitions from district level to National level.

Some of her achievements are:

2005- State Games- Mumbai- Gold
2005- National Games- Korba
2008- National Coaching camp
2009- National Games- Kolkata-Table Tennis Singles- Gold
2012- State Games (Soft Ball)- 1 Silver
2013- State Games-
2013-National games- Rajasthan, Singles-Gold/doubles-silver
2013- Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games 2013 at Newcastle Australia he won
TT women’s doubles-1 gold
TT mixed doubles-1 gold

In spite of various challenges in her life, her mom, Mrs. Shetty puts in lot of efforts for her daughter. Laxmi suffered ill health few days before she was to leave for Australia and had us all worried. But it was her grit and determination that helped her to succeed.

Shrilak won 1 silver for cricket at Special Olympics at Newcastle, Australia

Shrilak Bhoir is the student of our Uran center called Sweekar . Shrilok joined school at the age of 14. He has shown great progress in his work. 

He is placed in vocational group and is very sincere and motivated to work. He travels independently to school and shows interest in school activities.

His achievements are as follows:

2012- State Games (Soft Ball)- 1 Silver
2012-District Games (badminton)-
Singles- 1 Gold
Doubles- 1 Gold
2012- National Games – Bhopal (badmington)- singles-gold
Doubles- silver
Attended two coaching camps
2013- Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games 2013 at Newcastle Australia he won
1 silver in the cricket match

Yash Mhaske won I silver in 'shot put' event

Mangesh (as he is lovingly called) joined school in the year 1991 at the age of 3. Mangesh was faced with lot of perceptual deficits hampering his confidence.

With consistent training he progressed from play group through various levels till he reached the vocational level at the age of 18.

His involvement in activities like singing/dance/drama helped him improve his confidence. He showed interest in sports and started participating actively in all competitions since 1998.

Some of his achievements are:

2001- District games- 1 gold
2002- State games-1 Gold
2002- National games(delhi)- 1 gold
2005- state games- basket ball
2008- Power lifting National coaching camp
2012- District games- Mumbai- 3 gold
2012- National Games-Bhopal-1 gold/1 bronze
2013- Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games 2013 at Newcastle Australia he won 1 silver in shot put event.

After his training in the vocational section Yash is now employed by Mr. Atul Shah as a office boy in his firm Avro International.

Yash loves to be the leader , he is helpful  and very adjusting. He also participated in the self advocacy program held by Parivaar. This program made him confident and vocal.

The training given at the School along with the parents involvement and contribution has made him independent /confident and contributing member of the community.

Disha Maru won 2 bronze medals for swimming event.

Disha joined school in the year 1992  at the age of 3 years. She was unable to walk, talk and care for her self. With consistent training from school and sincere dedicated efforts of her parents she progressed from play group through different levels to the vocational level.

Besides the school activities she participated in various extra curricula activities.

Her first achievement was at the age of 7 being the youngest participant in the National Music and dance festival organized by NIMH Secundarabad she won a special prize in the solo dance in the year 1999. She was appreciated for her performance by Actor Anupam Kher.

She attended various camps which included trekking, yoga and sports.

At a very young age she started learning to swim. We still remember her fright at entering the pool during her initial stages. Our teacher Rekha,  learnt swimming just so that she could enter the pool with the children. This made a lot of difference and students started learning well. Other teachers also got themselves trained.

Some of her achievements are:

2002- National Games- 2 gold /1 bronze
2005- State Games- 3 silver
2005- National Games- 2 Gold/1 Bronze
2008- State Games- 2 silver
2009- National Games-3 Bronze
2012- District- 1 gold
2013- State level at Kolhapur- 1 gold/2 silver
2013- National Games-Karnataka-1 gold/2 silver/1 bronze
2013- Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games 2013 at Newcastle Australia she won 1 bronze in the 25m relay and 1 bronze in the 50m relay.

We need to make a special mention about the participation of her  parents . Mrs, Maru (who is also our Trustee of our school) always took lot of pains for her training and development. She would not only take Disha for competitions but would also take other students along with her.

Disha is a very loving and caring child who is adaptable. She loves to take responsibilities and lead her friends.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Neuro Linguistic Program Helps bring Change in Behavior

Its always Me, Me, Me, with our eyes closed. But if we open our eyes, there is a world beyond us and they all are seeking help.

There are people who are depressed, people who are under-privileged and then there are those who have limited ability to think. We, with a stable mind, can help them by understanding their behavior and helping them overcome the obstacles.

Mentally challenged person has multiple disabilities too. To help them, first we have to understand what is the behavior we would like to change and what is the desired behavior we want the child to follow. To get the best results it is important to join the frame mind of the child and test the waters to see what their limits are.

Every child is always in the process of observing his/her surroundings and taking in the sensory information. How this information is processed determines how the child perceives his/her surroundings and behaves accordingly.

Neuro Linguistic Learning (NLL) is the new area of study that deals with human communication and the way we think and do things in essence to our mental makeup, our emotions and our senses.

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a very useful tool for instilling positive behavior changes. It uses different areas of brain to create a change in a child. The core of NLP is modeling excellence of top performers as well as explaining how different people organize their thinking, feeling, language and behavior to produce the result they do.

Let me explain with an example.

Suppose you are a great fan of superstar, Salman Khan. Every movie of Salman Khan you will watch. You will observe him closely, studying his behavior, his style, his way of talking and dancing, his tone and the words used, his confidence, his body language. Then you ‘model’ the techniques you observed until they become the natural habit in your own life.

Thus the mind can be trained in the behavior we want to. It can be used for self-improvement too.

A two-day workshop on NLP is happening in Mumbai on 8-9 June 2013 and on 10-11 August at Marol Maroshi road, Andheri. Click here to register.

After the completion of this workshop you become aware of the language you use while communicating with yourself and with others.

You understand the difference in communication at the conscious and the unconscious level.

You develop the ability to perform at your best, to tap your true potential and become a powerful communicator.

You can have a better understanding of how you think, process information and help others to do the same.

You begin to understand why people do what they do and learn to respect them for what they are.

You learn to gain rapport easily with different types of people and are able to influence people for long-term changes in their life.

You learn to adopt some of new thought patterns, new thinking strategies, some of the new beliefs and which would undoubtedly be more effective in your work life.

Basically, Neuro Linguistic programming is the study and practice of techniques that use the mind-body connection and the language to alter human behavior.

You can expect to learn skills and thinking that will enhance the way you manage yourself as well as others, the way you communicate, influence, negotiate and manage change.

For more information on this subject, click here.

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