Vasant Valley is an inclusive school located in Vasant Kunj providing inclusive education in a developing country where there is little recognition, acceptance or resources for educating children with special needs in an inclusive environment. School enroll kids with Developmental Disabilities between the ages of 5+ and 16 years. The objective is to provide children with special needs an appropriate learning environment whereby they graduate from a regular school equipped with the necessary academic, functional and social skills. Vasant Valley has a team of professionals constituting special educators, speech therapists, occupational therapists and psychologist staffs. The team provides therapy on an ongoing basis. The academic content is age relevant, ability relevant and class relevant. The Director of the school and mainstream teachers are also integrated into the planning and execution of programmes for the special need kids. The class teacher requires the support of these inputs to meet the curriculum demands of individualized planning. The Early Years Program is specifically designed for children between the ages of 4 and 8, who are on the Autism Spectrum, have severe impairments and would benefit from intensive support in a small, highly structured setting. Each child follows an Individual Education Plan specific to her skill sets and strengths. The classroom is designed and structured in keeping with the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and the Creative Curriculum. Occupational Therapy, Speech and Communication therapy, Sensory Integration Therapy as well as Special Education services are provided in 1:1 settings. A “Life Skills Functional Curriculum” has been developed for each child within the section so as to guide their development in a focused and strategic manner particular to the circumstances of each child as an individual. The life skills curriculum has a time horizon of 6-8 years in the areas of cognitive development, social competency, leisure, home management and employment. A grounding in life skills prepares children to deal resourcefully with people and situations they encounter in the community, helping them manage finances and interact in social and family dynamics, appreciate their own rights and respect the rights of others.
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