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BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE: Students of Maharishi Vidhya Mandir at the Children's Day celebrations in Tiruchi. Photo: R. Ashok

BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE: Students of Maharishi Vidhya Mandir at the Children's Day celebrations in Tiruchi. Photo: R. Ashok  

Staff Reporter

Transitional centre for children with special needs opens

TIRUCHI: It was only when the count of parents of children with autism requests reached its heights, the initial plans of Pravaag was born.

But even within days of the start of rudimentary plans, Pravaag was formed bringing over 30 children under its care.

A unit of Maharishi Vidya Mandir, Pravaag, which was inaugurated on Tuesday, is a transitional centre for the children with special needs.

Special educators train the children with autism, speech disorder and hyperactive behaviour by bringing in various alternative methods of teaching. One among them is music therapy.

"We make the children to sit on a `vibration chair,' which activates the motor and sensory organs," Geeta Ramanujam, project director, said.

"Melodious tunes are played, which are sent as synchronised signals to the chair, enabling the children to listen to the music. This is one-of-its-kind in the treatment of autism. As it triggers the sensory organs, the children are able to grasp music and start responding to situations in a better way," she said.

Parental training is important, especially in cases of attention deficit hyperactive disorder.

The centre trains the parents prior to the regular classes for the children.

"This helps the parents to groom their children at home in a systematic way. The idea has been borrowed from Maharishi Vidya Mandir after witnessing extraordinary results in terms of vast improvements in children's behaviour," Ms. Ramanujam said.

Earlier, Children's Day was celebrated with the Managing Director of Mangalam Estates, N. Venkatramani, as chief guest.

The students of both the centres presented dance performances.

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