Prakriti in collaboration with CRIA started Bridge Program for children with Autism and other Developmental Disabilities in September 2014.
Why Bridge program?
For the last 4 years CRIA has been an active participant in 1:1 early intervention program for children with Developmental Delays. From their experinece of having worked with over 150 children, we have realized that the road from 1:1 intervention to a regular mainstream school system has huge crevices. To allow children to have a smoother transition into the school systems, this program emanated.
What are the components of Bridge program?
Bridge program focusses on
1:1 Intensive Program for Language , Social , Play skills
1:1 Natural environment (Classroom integration) Training for Classroom skills, Group instructions, Peer interaction and Social skills.
Independent School Attendance – Fading of support as the child acquires skills.
Observational Learning – Learning to learn from the environment
What are the advantages of Bridge program?
Bridge program helps in strengthening Peer training , Buddy programs, Social skills and play skills taught in the natural environment. Easier to find Friends with similar interests and nature as well.
Generalization opportunities of language and communication skills done in a 1:1 set up
Pre-academic support within the natural environment
Variety and Variability in activities done ( hobbies , art and craft , physical education )
Resources in terms of place and teachers is more extensive
Curriculum followed is well researched and well planned and well executed.
Ancillary services – ABA based Language and communication therapy, Speech and Occupational therapies
What I particularly liked about my daughter’s ABA program at Prakriti is the variety of programs running in the sessions. Each session is much much more than table top learning. The team has planned the right kind of games for my 2 year old daughter Hannah. She has started liking the games and has started imitating what people do. In her case, thankfully it is getting generalized in daily life. I am very much impressed by my Child’s trainer Sumedha as she is coming down to the level of my child so that the child is able to connect to the trainer very well. Hannah has achieved very good eye contact with her trainer. Trainer is giving her full energy in people games like peekaboo, chase and run and bean bag crashing. I found that the trainers in Prakriti have a parent like approach as they hug, kiss and keep kids very close to them. Within two days my child got adjusted to the environment and people at Prakriti. There is also a magical rise in my child’s sitting behavior after joining Prakriti. The social exposure and people games they give are actually working for my child. Now she is excited when she sees other children play, but she simply doesn’t know how to get into it and when to join. Previously she disliked being in a place where people gather. The care and varieties of one-to-one people play like peekaboo has made my child understand that people are trustworthy and interesting. This is very evident from the change in the attitude she display towards people. Even though she hasn’t started being social with peers she is now very much comfortable with grown-ups.
I had overwhelming thoughts as her program extended to the playschool hours. But I found that playschool hours are flexible and very much personalized for special children. Children are not forced to sit on the chair and do the tabletop work. They are rather made to learn through activities that bring out interest from within. My daughter’s trainer very smoothly takes her along transitions and in between attends to the individual requirements of the child. Unlike other ABA program that do not promote personal attachment between trainer and child, the program at Prakriti is all about social connections and consequent development. In Prakriti you would find mother-like trainers who are very committed towards developing social skills in kids. The parent-like approach of the trainers that include hug, holding hands and social sensory play is found to help sensory stimulation and socialization.
Documentation is another great job the team is doing. I would give full marks to the documentation work of the team. Child’s each and every day at the session and school is descriptively documented. Child’s performance on ABA parameters and social plays and group plays are documented every day. This helps me know how social, cooperative and happy she was on a particular day.Dhannya, mother of Hannah Mathew