Tamana Special School

Author: Admin, Aug 07, 2019

Tamana Special School

Tamana Special School located in Vasant Vihar, is an NGO founded in 1984 by Dr. Shayama Chona, former Principal-DPS RK Puram and recipient of the Padma Shri, Padmabhushan and 2 National awards for her contributions in the field of special education and ASD. The current premises of the school was inaugurated in 1992 by Late Lady Diana, Princess of Wales. It has 3 special education centers, a training cell and a research center for the education and rehabilitation of individuals with intellectual and developmental impairments. The school caters to 115 children between the ages of 4-17 years. For overall development of every child, academics is balanced with therapies and other relevant interventions. The school follows a regular curriculum which encourages students to join mainstream schools or the open school program later on.

After detailed assessment by special educator, psychologist, occupational and speech therapist, the students are divided into groups according to their age and capabilities and IEPs are developed for each child. The student teacher ratio is 6:1 with one assistant teacher or volunteers as well. Progress is assessed after every 3 months and on the basis of performance new short term goals are aligned.  Faculty works in tandem with the parents to discuss progress at home and school and parents are invited for regular class observation. The school offers speech, occupational and physiotherapy, life skills training, computer education, music and dance, weight management and physical fitness, sports and extracurricular activities, counseling, behaviour modification, diagnostics and assessment facilities, and family counseling.

Tamana, in collaboration with Deakin University, Australia has also developed an iPad based therapist-and-parent app called TOBY (Therapy Outcomes by You) in 2013 for early intervention therapy with children with autism. It also organizes annual fashion shows with leading designers such as Ritu Kumar, Rohit Bal and many others as part of its fundraising efforts. The objective of the event is to create public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with special needs. An annual winter carnival is also held for showcasing the products developed by students to market them.

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Tamana Kindergarten

Tamana Kindergarten was founded to provide free childhood care and education for children living in the slums. The programme focuses on holistic child development which includes nutrition, health and social, mental physical and moral, emotional development. The programme is child oriented informal in nature with education imparted in Hindi and bi-lingual languages in classes from nursery to I. Students of Tamana Kindergarten perform with Tamana students in all Tamana Events. This Kindergarten school will eventually lay the foundation for setting up a full fledged integrated set up at Tamana to encourage mainstreaming.

Rajiv Gandhi Outreach Centre

Under this outreach program, Tamana caters to parents from across India for assessment, counseling & home program designed by a team of specialists. Parents are trained in conducting the home program and may contact the authorities in case of any difficulties. An outreach program is also conducted for children who cannot settle in regular school programs due to physical or mental impairments. Intensive training session by a special educator and therapist is taken in which parent or the caretakers are also trained and the child is admitted in school once he/she is ready.

Nai Disha Vocational Center

Nai Disha Vocational Centre located at C-10/8, Vasant Vihar was founded by Tamana to equip young adults with vocational skills and make them financially independent and holistically functional individuals in the society. The program aims to create an infrastructure which ensures a seamless transition from school to the outside world, for young adults and their families with the help of training and placements in relevant vocations and organizations.

Vocational training is provided in the following areas:

  • Textiles printing

  • Office skill management

  • Stationery, paper bag, recycling and envelope making

  • Clay modeling

  • Candle making

  • Basic home management skills of cooking and baking

  • Computer skills training

  • Gardening

  • Beauty

  • Tailoring

Tamana School of Hope

The Autism Center-School of Hope located in C.P.W.D. Complex, Near Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Vasant Vihar, was founded in 1985 and is India’s first rehabilitation and research center for autistic individuals. Services like special education, early and sensory integration clinic, diagnostic center, research and outreach cell are available for autistic children. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, inaugurated the school in 2003.

Main highlights of the program are:

  • Life centered approach to curriculum planning

  • TEACCH and ABA

  • Computer education

  • Extracurricular activities like sports, yoga, dance & music

  • Personal Grooming

  • Vocational training for adults

 Teacher Training Cell

Tamana is also a special education center recognized by the Rehabilitation Council of India and IGNOU since 1994. The courses offered are:

  • Diploma in Education Special Education (ASD)

  • Diploma in Education Special Education (Mental Retardation)

  • Diploma in Education Special Education (Hearing Impairment)

  • Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation (Mental Retardation)

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