At NIARC, we have Special school for Children with Multiple disabilities& School for Hearing Impaired
Special education is the practice of educating students with special educational needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment, materials, and accessible settings. These interventions are designed to help individuals with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and in their community that may not be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education. Student to teacher ratios are kept low, often 10:1. Classrooms are divided according to the age, intellectual ability and skills of children.
Our Special Education program includes:
Early Intervention Unit (3-6years): Human development and learning habits are most rapid in the pre-school years. For differently abled children, this is the optimum time to impact their development and if not, to negate the effects of disability and to minimise its impact. Children can attend the full-time early intervention class as soon as they have built up sufficient skills to be able to participate in some basic level activities
Adapted Classrooms & Individualised Education Program: IEP is meant to address each child’s unique learning issues and include specific educational goals. Developing an IEP requires assessing students in all areas related to the known disabilities, simultaneously considering ability to access the general curriculum, considering how the disability affects the student’s learning, forming goals and objectives that correspond to the needs of the student, and choosing a least restrictive environment possible for the student, usage of adaptive devices ,alternative communication methods.
Pre Vocational Training Unit: Children with special needs generally grow into adults who still have special needs. According to the work readiness, social & communication skills, awareness of safety precautions, task analysis skills & career choice, educational programmes are designed to introduce them to the world of work and to prepare them for entry into further vocational or technical education programs.
Care Group: For children who have severe impairments, a care group teaching is provided where basic life skills like Activities of daily living /ADL (Eating, Grooming, Toileting, Dressing…) Social & Communication skills are taught.
All children are provided with rehabilitation therapies as indicated.
Individualised Education Program to children going to normal schools.
The previous concept of making a hearing impaired child move to a special school where they communicate through signs & gestures made their world silent. Children with hard of hearing, with the use of cochlear implant or digital hearing aids have a good opportunity to express through voice.
The intensive & specialised training from Central Institute of Deaf, USA has made us unique in the field of rehabilitating Hearing Impaired children. Our trained speech therapists and teachers encourage the children not only in communication through Auditory Verbal Therapy (AVT) but also in academics. Our curriculum helps the child to enter mainstream education without any difficulties. We have an exceptional student teacher ratio of 5:1.
Our classes include
Pre School (2-4 years)–A strong language based curriculum designed according to the abilities of the child.
Kindergarten (4-6 years) –Individualized instruction in listening, speech and language while focusing on all areas of academic development. Language and literacy rich environment fostered by play and social skill development.
Primary 1 & 2 (Above 6 years) – Normal school academics is taught here. The teachers work together with speech therapists, psychologists & occupational therapists to ensure an optimal learning situation for each child.