Arivu focuses on providing holistic support to persons with Autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and other disabilities. This is achieved through individualised, comprehensive programmes. These interventions facilitate independence, social interaction, cognitive growth, and communication skills.
Investment in Early Intervention and Prevention services has been strongly encouraged by central government for some years, supported by an increasing evidence base that demonstrates that Early Intervention both works and is cost effective.
- Effective intervention includes you and other family members so you can work alongside the professionals and learn how to help your child
- is flexible – it can be offered in your home as well as in other settings such as kindergartens and early intervention centres
- is specially designed for children with disability
- has staff who are specially trained in the intervention and services they provide
- develops an individual plan for your child and reviews the plan regularly
- tracks your child’s progress with regular assessments
- is highly structured, well organised, regular and predictable
- focuses on developing specific skills
- provides a supportive learning environment – your child feels comfortable and supported
- includes strategies to help your child learn new skills and use them in different settings
- tries to reduce your child’s difficult behaviour by working out what the ‘purpose’ of the behaviour is and then teaching your child more appropriate behaviour
- prepares and supports your child for the move to school
- provides your family with support and guidance
- finds ways of getting your child with disability together with typically developing children (ideally of the same age).
A good intervention involves regular assessment of your child to ensure progress is being made. The gains might be small at first, but it all adds up. If you think your child isn’t making progress, you might need to change or stop the intervention. The Early Intervention Program offers a variety of therapeutic and support services to eligible infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families, including: family education and counseling, home visits, and parent support groups. special instruction. speech pathology and audiology. Early intervention is a system of services that helps babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. Early intervention focuses on helping eligible babies and toddlers learn the basic and brand-new skills that typically develop during the first three years of life, such as:
- physical (reaching, rolling, crawling, and walking);
- cognitive (thinking, learning, solving problems);
- communication (talking, listening, understanding);
- social/emotional (playing, feeling secure and happy); and
- self-help (eating, dressing).
Services may also be provided to address the needs and priorities of the child’s family. Family-directed services are meant to help family members understand the special needs of their child and how to enhance his or her development.
Arivu offers three specialized programs as we understand that children have different issues with varying intensities.
Academic batch- This is for children who are attending normal schooling but lag academically as they are unable to follow the traditional teaching. The children attend school and attend our Specialized teaching classes. Classes available afternoons, evenings and weekends. Salient features of this Program are:
- The children attend school and attend our Specialized teaching classes. classes available afternoons, evenings and weekends.
- An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is designed to address the specific learning, emotional and social issues of the child.
- Parents are given step by step guidance so that they can help their child at home.
- A unique Program where our trained Counselors work with School syllabus.
- Team work by the Counselor and family help the child climb the ladder of success.
Therapy batch- Mundina Hejje or Next leap is an early childhood programme caters to the 0-14 age group. Arivu partners with families during the critical early years to spot and diagnose children with Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, and Multiple Disabilities. The main objective of the programme is to improve children’s motor, social, communication, and educational skills. It also helps identify and enhance inherent talents in sports, arts, music, and dance.
Caters to children who require therapy and who are below 7 years. Speech therapy, Concentration and Memory enhancement training, Behavior therapy, Reading and writing classes are given and 100% support is provided in placing them in schools and ensuring that they adjust in school. Available mornings, afternoons and weekends.
Designed for children with severe Multiple Disabilities and significantly low intellectual ability, Prateek provides assistance to families to avoid disengagement of children with special needs.
- Under this programme, children are trained to communicate their basic needs and taught to be independent.
- In addition, care groups are created to facilitate sensory development, cognitive stimulation, and cooperation for self care.
- Parents too are trained in effective care giving and management of their child.
- We teach Basic reading, writing, Functional mathematics, Speech, Yoga, music and dance. Available half day and Full day.
Backed by a multidisciplinary team comprising special educators, psychologists, therapists (physio, speech, music and occupational), family counsellor, support staff, vocational instructors, medico social workers, and parent volunteers, our services can be broadly classified under two categories:
Speech therapy helps persons with disabilities communicate to the best of their ability. Techniques used include non-verbal communication such as gestural communication and exchange of picture cards .
Music therapy is used to help persons with disabilities develop cognitive, learning, perceptual, social, and emotional skills. Our Daily Bhajan/Music group daily
With specific treatment to suit persons with disabilities’ needs, age, and abilities, our team of physiotherapists uses fun games and activities to help promote normal development. We interact closely with parents, caregivers, and teachers to help them better understand
Occupational therapy builds skills that enable persons with disabilities to carry out day-to-day activities. This helps improve skills in daily living and develop fine motor skills and visual coordination
In addition to favourable behavioural changes, participants become more attentive, active, independent and social
We have designed a planned and monitored system of teaching to help persons with disabilities achieve a higher level of self-sufficiency and success in the community
Vocational training enhances the employment prospects of persons with disabilities. And we offer a wide range of supportive services that prepare them while integrating into society
To enhance the quality of family life, family counselling services are provided to both persons with disabilities and their families. Our counsellors and team members make meet parents on regular basis to understand family dynamics and provide appropriate counselling. In addition, we also help build awareness on dealing with persons with disabilities, as well as fostering acceptance and understanding the nature of disabilities
We understand that using public transport is challenging and time-consuming for families. As the next step we have started transportation services with our personal vehicle. We would like to extend these services and have a plan of securing school bus for Arivu.
Training for parents, Students and school teachers:
Arivu has successfully provided training to Social work(MSW) students from Aloysius College and Roshini Nilaya . We conducts training programmes for parents and school teachers to enhance and update technical knowledge. Parents are given step by step knowledge and understanding of their child and how best they can provide better care.