Educational Philosophy and Objectives
Do-Estdot Special Need Centre (DSNC) is an establishment that specializes in bringing out abilities in disability of children with Learning Disability (LD), Cerebral Palsy (CP), Hearing Impaired (HI), Down Syndrome and Autism.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. The learning, thinking and problem-solving abilities of children with Autism can range from gifted to severely challenged.
Some children with Autism show hints of future problem within the first few months of life. In other words, symptoms may not show up until 24 months or later. Some develop normally until around 18 to 24 months of age and then stop gaining new skills, or they lose the skills they once had.
A person with Autism might:
- Not respond to their name by 12 months of age
- Not point at objects to show interest by 14 months
- Avoid eye contact and want to be alone.
- Have delayed speech and language skills
- Repeat words or phrases
- Get upset by minor changes
- Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings
- Spend lot of time repeatedly flapping his or her arms or rocking from side to side. They might repeatedly turn a light on and off or spin wheels of a toy car (self-stimulation) etc.
Here at DSNC, we employ Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) as our primary teaching strategy.
Behaviour Analysis focuses on the principles that explain how learning takes place. Positive reinforcement is one of such principles.
Through decades of research, the field of behavior analysis has developed many techniques for increasing useful behaviours and reducing those that may cause harm or interfere with learning. Applied Behavioural analysis (ABA) is the use of those techniques and principles to bring about meaningful and positive change in behavior.
A wide range of ABA techniques have been developed for building useful skills in learners with autism – from toddlers through adulthood.
Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for these challenges to help them live a happy and productive live. In particular, we employed ABA principles and techniques to foster basic skills such as listening, looking and imitating skills as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective.
Our priority in general is to provide a caring and nurturing environment where special needs children can fully realize their potentials in a creative environment provided.