Special Education Wing - An Overview

Special Education Wing - An Overview

OPJMS is running a special education wing since March 2007 for mentally challenged and developmentally delayed children. Their curriculum has been specially designed to meet the unique needs of differently abled children with the help of special materials, teaching techniques, equipments, individualized instructions and other facilities which are required to rehabilitate such children.
 
The educational programme is designed in such a way so as to develop the following skills in the children - Gross and Fine Motor Skills; Self Help Skills; Academic Skills; Social and Emotional Skills; Cognitive Skills; Safety Skills; Receptive and Expressive Language; Occupational; Recreational and Leisure Time Activities; Behavioural Assessment Skills; Quality and Quantity Aspect of Work and Computer Skills. 
 
The children have been classified into three categories according to the extent of their disabilities – Severe, Moderate and Mild, all of which are trainable. Children with Down Syndrome, Down Syndrome with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Hydrocephaly & Learning Disabilities fall under these categories. 
 
After the initial assessment, an individualized educational programme is prepared to suit the functional and practical needs of a child.
 
 
The Special Wing presently has 20 students on roll out of which two children are now in the mainstream (inclusive classrooms) attending regular classes. Two of the other children have developed to the extent of attaining self-reliance and are presently assisting in their family business. Four of our students have gained enough confidence to travel in the school bus along with main stream students.
 
Each child on the roll has shown a significant improvement as per his/her own level. The junior group children who were enrolled at the age of 5 have made tremendous progress. They have improved their psychomotor coordination. They are now able to move about independently. They have also progressed considerably in their self-help skills or ADL activities of daily life such as eating, toilet training and social behaviour. Children who had a limited vocabulary of a few words are now able to express themselves in sentences. A sense of discipline has been inculcated in them and they are able to look after their personal belongings and also follow instructions given to them. The children have registered commendable progress in Eye-Hand Coordination, Eye Contact, Concentration and Motor Skills. Their numerical and writing skills have been improved through a variety of aids. 
 
We have designed assessment tools according to their curriculum. Through subject wise written & oral exams and other activities, as planned in the assessment framework, evaluation is carried out. Activities to enhance the interactional skills and therapeutic exercise with Psychotherapy and Speech Therapy are an integral part of the curriculum for the special education wing.
 
 
Lessons in the senior group include knowledge of basic concepts in time, money, reading and use of calculator. Their social development even extends to helping the younger ones in their tasks. Behavioural problems of these children are handled through a number of specialized techniques. Recreation for them includes music, outdoor activities, use of computers for drawing, painting etc. TV and DVD are used for audio visual aids. The concept of shopping is also taught to them.
 
There are plethora of activities in which these children participate. Our students performed well in the State Level Athletic Meet 2016 for the Special Children and have won 1 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals. 
 
The special wing students are a part of the school curriculum. They participate in all important functions such as – Annual Day, Independence Day, Republic day and the Sports Meet.