In 1975, an attempt was made to fill the needs of children who were admitted for long periods of time in the Children’s Hospital. This grew into a full-fledged department for children with differential learning needs – children with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, mild autism, attention deficits, children prone to epileptic fits and slow learners. At present we have around 80 children with scholarships provided for deserving children.
The curriculum followed is the National Institute of Open Schooling for the 10th and 12th Standard Levels. We encourage children to appear for the 10th Standard State Board (S.S.C.) exams at one sitting. We also offer the Pratham system in which children can show their level of proficiency at the 5th or 7th Standard levels.
Educational day trips and overnight trips to the Nehru Science Centre, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, the Karvi festival, Anandwan, Hemalkasa, Saguna Baug have been organized for our children. Value added activities such as star gazing, nature trails and monsoon treks are regularly organised and Sports Days and Annual Days give them an opportunity to showcase their talents in yoga, athletics, karate, gymnastics, music, dance, public speaking and acting.
The children are exposed to a variety of vocational subjects such as pottery, sewing/embroidery, cooking/baking, music, art/craft, gardening, computers, yoga, speech and drama in the hope that they can pursue these as careers or be self-employed. Our children regularly attend professionally designed workshops on bakery and tie and dye. This ensures that all children leave the Centre with some useful skills and certification of their academic levels that can make them independent and responsible adults.
CASE Special Education Therapists are trained in B.Ed. with Learning Difficulties and Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment. Ongoing workshops are conducted for their professional and personal development.