Children with brain damage/special needs have difficulty developing on par with their neuro typical peers in all categories of development, e.g. mental, intellectual, physical and emotional. As a result, they need external support and stimulus to develop these skills. These stimuli, or activities/therapies, designed to impact these skills to infants and toddlers, are collectively called Early Intervention. This is the core foundation program at Tamahar, designed to provide the right environment to bring the child up to the mental age of 5 years and to create a base to enable them to lead an as independent life as possible.
This is the core foundation program at Tamahar, designed to provide the right environment to bring the child up to the mental age of 5 years and to create a base to enable them to lead an as independent life as possible.
Children who are developmentally above 5 years of age start with academic training, based on the Montessori method of teaching, where self-experiential learning is given importance. There is equal attention to self-expression through a number of extra-curricular activities. Under functional academics, stress is on learning only the essential subjects needed for life navigation and focus weighs more on teaching life skills – social skills and individual personality development.
This program also focusses on basic academic skills that the child must have to operate in day to day life. These include Math, Language (English and Oral Kannada), Science and lot of extra-curricular sessions (As per Karnataka state syllabus)
It is a bridge program between Early Intervention and Functional Academics that ensures that a child is ready move from intensive one on one intervention to a group setting.
This program is designed for adolescents and young adults to make them ready to take up any employment opportunity that they might get – this can be a vocational training, an open market job, a family business or even entrepreneurship. This started off as an experiment in 2016 and within a year, the first trainee graduated to join a vocational training centre! He is now employed and drawing a stipend there.
Our aim here is to expose these adolescents and young adults to the idea of working, which has not even been introduced to them till this point in life, and to the various options that will be available to them once they step out. We intend to help the person and their family identify the right work for the individual based on his/her potential and preference.
Sheltered workshops are facility-based day programs attended by adults with disabilities, as an alternative to working and earn their living. Activities will provide them a platform to learn and earn their living in a secure, protected environment giving dignity.
The program caters to young adults (Age 18+) with special needs having severe disability/intellectual impairment (IQ < 35) that would make it impossible for them to function independently, pursue education, and independent vocational training