Understanding Siblings of Children with Special Needs

‘I am a sibling of someone with special needs. I believe this is the best thing that has happened to me because now I see the world through the eyes of possibilities.’ – A very special needs resource. Interacting with parents and siblings with special needs has given the opportunity to observe the relationship and…
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January 1, 2020 0

Understanding echolalia and ways to make it meaningful

Echolalia is the parrot like repetition of words or sentences that the child has heard. It can be repeated immediately or at a later stage. Many children with Autism go through a period of echolalia and use less and less echolalia as they learn more language skills. An example of immediate echolalia would be when…
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December 25, 2019 0

Nurturing Compassion

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” ― Martin Buber Some people say compassion is innate. Some say, it is developed.   Compassion is a feeling. We all have our own definitions of ‘compassion’. It is always this fight within that empowers us to come face to face with our own…
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December 18, 2019 1

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding the Mysterious World of Sensory Experiences and Repetitions

In Anatomy of Autism, the author Diego M. Pena, a nine year old boy with Autism writes: “The reality of Autism is generally not understood by the neurotypical world. The many things that make us autistic should not be seen as something flawed. We are capable of being heroes, but our abilities are as unique…
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December 11, 2019 0

IEP- Individualised educational plan or I Encourage Progress

People said he wouldn’t, but he did People said he couldn’t, but he can People said he won’t, but he will Individualised educational plan (IEP) is a term that revolves around all the special educators, parents and Individuals with special needs. Individualized educational plan indicates hope for some, agenda for a few, and a plan…
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December 4, 2019 0

My Special Learnings at Ishanya

Ishanya, as we all know, is a place for individuals with “special needs”. Actually, it’s not just that. Personally, it has been a “special family” and a “special journey” where I have had several “special learnings”. As an individual and as a society we have lot of things we can learn from our children here.…
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November 27, 2019 0

Our visit to Citrix and Cisco – Autism Awareness Month

In our continued effort towards inclusion, on this World Autism Awareness Day spread across a month-long program as Autism Awareness Month we had an incredible opportunity to visit Citrix Systems, Inc. and Cisco Systems, Inc. The students of Ishanya got a first-hand experience of a work environment. It provided an opportunity to plan, organize, and…
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April 22, 2019 0

‘Tis the season to be jolly! – Christmas Celebrations 2018

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and everything is softer and more beautiful. We celebrated Christmas at Ishanya by playing Secret Santa where the kids brought gifts for their friends here followed by some fun games. We concluded the day of fun and frolic by cutting a cake. At the end of the…
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December 24, 2018 0

Children’s Day Celebrations 2018

Lights!! Camera!! Actions!! Yes, it was all about Bollywood and fun. It was a star event this Children’s Day. Our students had dressed up as beautiful heroines and handsome hunks of Bollywood that was a treat to our eyes. Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost!! The kids imitated their favourite teachers bringing a smile on…
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November 14, 2018 0