The services we offer are aimed at reaching out to parents and children in a variety of ways.
- In Mirra, functional assessment is done based on developmental milestones. Parents are an integral part of the entire process which gives them an opportunity to understand the strengths and the needs of the child. Assessment is generally followed up with referrals, suggestions to schools and teachers if needed, and providing a detailed home program to the parents.
- The overall focus of remedial at MIRRA is on promoting life skills. Thinking skills such as application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation, etc. are enhanced by using content from academic subjects such as science, math, global studies and English. Our training in communication is dynamic and multifaceted.
- Parent empowerment is ensured by allowing the parents to observe how we work in every session and by having regular workshops for groups of parents to help them understand their child as well as the logic behind the intervention so that their dependency on professionals reduce.
- In Mirra, occupational therapy (OT) is multi-faceted.
- Traditional OT for neuro-motor development
- Yoga for anxiety reduction, calming and self awareness
- Sports for promoting motor planning and attention enhancement. One to one sports training is offered at home on a need basis which leads to participation in a structured play at school and in community
- Physical fitness, wherein a daily home program for 25 minutes is given to parents to empower them to progressively work on making the child independent in the fitness routine
- ADL (Activities for Daily living) training and facilitation of transferring of these skills to the home environment through home visits
Play is the word always attached to the life of a child. As a child we were fond of playing, where we are engaged, present in that moment and being joyful in the company of toys or people around us. Fun, movement, excitement, interest and the list will go on as soon as thought of play flashes our minds.
Haim G. Ginott (1960, 243) coined the phrase, “toys are the child’s words and play is the child’s language.
Perfectly described, play is really important for a child’s development. It facilitates the child’s social, physical, language, emotional and cognitive developments. During play the child is involved in a sensory motor way with objects that symbolises his/her abstract emotions. That’s why Jean Piaget (1962) proposed that play bridges the gap between concrete experience and abstract thought.
Hence Play therapy is a structured, theoretically based approach that builds on natural communication and learning processes of children.It is an emerging tool to walk into the child’s world.
Play therapy practices are largely based on Virginia Mae Axline’s work. She stated that play therapy is based on the fact “that play is the child’s natural medium of self-expression”. She developed eight principles of play therapy that enlightened the practices of many play therapists today.
We at Mirra consider many ways to reach out to our children, thus incorporated Play Therapy sessions to enrich the learning processes.
Ability Enhancement Multimedia Program
At Mirra, we have always been working towards not just independent living but also bringing out the creative mind in a child. We have taken a step further in our endeavour to create a sustainable environment for our children by signing up a MoU with AIMS Media for the AEMP (Ability Enhancement Multimedia Program). Under this program, the children will be trained in the usage of specific multimedia tools. This program helps in identification of creative and imaginative skills of a child. The child is given exposure to new working environment which aids in boosting their knowledge and confidence level. The 18 month AEMP for the first batch has started from March 1st 2017 at Mirra.
AEMP program is a unique blend of creativity, art and craft which help children learn through play. It promotes the development of ‘Thinking skills’ in students.Children get to work on illustrations and design, modelling and crafting, camera and photography, graphic designing, cinematography and animation.
Chinese massage,(qi gong) an eastern technique of massage is taught to a select few parents at Mirra. The technique relies on the positive energy transfer from mother to child happening in the least invasive and most reassuring way. The program is advocated to be a hands-on home program for children by the primary caretakers and provides a meaningful way to interact and engage with the child. Ideally suggested for children who fall under 6 years of age, at Mirra the program is suggested for much older children as well, provided they do not have any other neurological issues. A small group of parents is convened to watch the video demonstration and given an overview of the procedure and relevant information is shared so that the mothers are confident of delivering the benefits to their respective wards. Checklists in the form of questionnaires and easy-noting formats also form part of the orientation so that recording of pre- and post-massage outcomes are documented. The massage program entails performing the routine for a minimum period of five months to bring about necessary changes in the child's physical, emotional and social milestones. Periodic reviews and in-person discussions are regularly held so as to motivate the mothers and to continue practising the massage at home.
The listening program
The listening program (TLP) based on the extensive research works of Dr. Alexander Tomatis is marketed by Advanced Brain Technologies .Inc. As the name suggests, the program is an auditory retraining program using natural and orchestrated sound waves following the principles of the sound theory. The program promises to improve focus, listening, learning and communication in children and adults. At Mirra, children are screened for auditory hypersensitivity and suggested TLP as a therapeutic facilitation of one hour duration wherein the child listens to pre-recorded sound delivered through noise cancelling headphones for a period of half an hour, and half hour therapeutic activities moderated by a therapist. The program has delivery formats of eight or sixteen week schedules, which are decided based on the requirements of specific children.