May 15, 2017

Vaakya – Innovation for the special ones!

Vaakya App

Ordering food- just tap and it’s delivered in an hour…

Want to go shopping? Open the app and buy anything and everything.

Technology has made our lives so easy that everything is just a click away.
Our country is developing with technology and so are our people. From battlefield grenades to a mop used for home chores; every little innovation is a vouchsafe of technology.

On 11th May, 1998 India executed the successful Shakti, the Pokhran nuclear test and the first indigenous aircraft “Hansa-3” was test flown to Bangalore on this day. Not only this, we also performed successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day.

To honour our technological advancements, we celebrate National Technology Day on the 11th of May since 1999. Every year, this day, the Technology Development Board of India awards individuals with national awards for their contribution to indigenous technology.

While technology helps people share their views with everyone, there also exist millions of people who can’t voice their opinions because of speech impairment. To help such individuals, we have designed Vaakya, an augmentative and alternative communication mobile application for a smartphone.

Vaakya is a picture-based app which provides the users the flexibility of customization according to their special needs and the benefit of using Vaakya is that you don’t require an internet connection to operate it.

So this technology day, benefit a life and make it a bit easier for someone by sharing Vaakya with them.

Download the app here- http://bit.ly/2lLag23

Happy Technology Day!

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/vaakya-innovation-for-the-special-ones/

May 11, 2017

Laughter: the best medicine

Ever wondered how the world would be if nobody knew how to laugh?
Imagine out of the blue, one morning waking up to be a person who doesn’t knows what laughter is.
Nobody would crack jokes, nor anyone will laugh on them.
Nobody would know what comedy shows are and sarcasm won’t be fun anymore.
How do you think that life would be?
Creepy, terrifying and moreover, lifeless.

If we analyze the word laugh it sounds a lot similar to life…it not only brings joy to all but it also comes with some serious health benefits.
A powerful antidote to stress, depression, pain, conflict and even heartbreak, laughter is a proven doctor recommended medicine that holds the power to curb any disease.

Talking in medical terms, a good laugh is chocked full of mental, emotional and physical benefits. Making us feel happy and relaxed, a hearty laughter allows us to live longer, be healthier and provides an edge when battling ailments like mental illness.
Also it helps combat stress by increasing blood flow throughout the body and also boosts our immune system, heightens threshold for pain and assists in facilitating better breathing.

Along with our medical health, laughing helps improving our emotional health as well. And researchers have also proven that laughing in company enhances social bonding and stimulates positivity around.

So if you’re feeling blue, just remember to rejuvenate your soul with this fun & priceless medicine. Although you won’t find a free medine elsewhere than a good hearty laugh.

Moreover always keep in mind what the great Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

Keep Laughing pals!! Happy Laughter Day 😀

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/laughter-the-best-medicine/

April 24, 2017

Know the Signs of Autism

Know the Signs of Autism

Know the Signs of Autism

In order to cure any problem, it is important to first actually know that there is a problem.
Unlike most other mental problems, Autism is not a disease that could be easily treated with medicine. It is a neuro developmental disorder characterized by social impairments, cognitive impairments, communication difficulties and repetitive behaviour.

As a parent, nobody wishes for their little one to have any problem but sometimes, in the rush of our lives we often miss out many important things that could actually mean a lot. Such happens in the case of Autism and catching it ideally by the age of eighteen months can make a huge difference and starting early treatment can reduce the disorder’s effects and help your child learn, grow, and thrive.

Autism appears in infancy or early childhood, but can only be diagnosed by a professional until the child is over twenty four months or two years. However, there are signs that could indicate that the child is on the spectrum as early as six months of age.
Every child is unique, so is their rate of development. Hence, the signs and the severity of the symptoms can vary from child to child.

One important thing that parents should look out for is that autism isn’t recognized by the presence of strange behaviour, but from lack of normal behavior. Also some children with autism may appear normal before age 1 or 2 and suddenly “regress” afterwards losing any language or social skills they had previously gained. This is called the regressive type of autism.

Following are some early signs of Autism you must look out for and if your child exhibits any of the following then do not delay in asking your pediatrician or family doctor for an evaluation—

● No smile or warm joyful expressions by six months or thereafter
● No back-and-forth sharing of sounds, smiles or other facial expressions by nine months
● No babbling by 12 months
● No back-and-forth gestures such as pointing, showing, reaching or waving by 12 months
● No words by 16 months
● Doesn’t make noises to get your attention
● Never initiates or respond to cuddling or reach out to be picked up
● No meaningful, two-word phrases (not including imitating or repeating) by 24 months
● Loss of speech, babbling or social skills at any age
● No response to their name (the child may appear deaf)
● No demonstration of interest at anything
● Loss of/avoiding eye contact
● Always wants to be alone
● Difficulty in understanding
● Never expresses own feelings or understands other people’s feelings
● Repeats words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
● Gets upset by minor changes
● Has obsessive interests
● Flaps hands, rocks body, or spins in circles
● Has unusual reactions (over or under-sensitivity) to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel
● Has low to no social skills
● Avoids or resists physical contact
● Demonstrates little safety or danger awareness
● Reverses pronouns (e.g., says “you” instead of “I”)
● Gives unrelated answers to questions

Children with autism may also show some other type of signs which may appear normal but come under ASD symptoms.

● Having unusual interests and behaviors
● Extreme anxiety or having unusual phobias
● Playing with toys the same way every time
● Getting upset over minor changes
● Having obsessive tendencies
● Wanting to keep their things at the same place
● Hyperactivity (very active)
● Impulsivity (acting without thinking)
● Short attention span
● Aggression
● Causing self injury
● Meltdowns
● Unusual eating and sleeping habits
● Unusual mood or emotional reactions
● Lack of fear or more fear than expected
● Having unusual sleeping habits

Article Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/know-signs-autism/

April 21, 2017

Speech Therapy Techniques at MBCN

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Speech Therapy at MBCN School

Speech therapy involves the treatment of patients with communication difficulties. When patients participate in speech therapy, they will learn speech techniques through special exercises designed to help overcome the problem that is causing the speech problem. There are some specific types of activities and aspects involved with a speech therapy session.

When participating in speech therapy, the first you will do, whether you are an adult or a parent taking your child to Speech Therapy Techniques at MBCN, is get a patient assessment which is performed by the speech therapist. This will include taking a detailed account of your medical history so that therapist can get an overall picture of the speech condition. The therapist may also run some exercises with you that will help in getting a better sense of the problem causing the speech issue. The patient assessment can run anywhere from one to two hours, and if it is a child being assessed, special non stressful tests may be performed, and the parents will be there to provide any requested information.

MBCN Speech therapy tests can include: recording the patient repeating sounds and words, an x-ray of the side of the palate, using a special light scope to look through the nasal passages to get a better view. After the testing is all done, the speech therapist will create a report that is founded on the results of the tests. If required, the patient assessment report will be forwarded to other health professionals, or if the patient is a child, it is sent to the teachers and the parents. For a child, the assessment and testing involved in the evaluation can include playing with the child. The therapist will observe how the child behaves and interacts. Other tests for a child can include showing the child toys, words, sentences, and pictures, and asking questions to assess response. There may be more than one appointment which will depend on the type of speech difficulty.

After the initial review, the speech therapist will advise you on what is suggested as a course of speech therapy. This can be a custom designed treatment plan or a referral to a specialist such as a hearing specialist. Regular therapy sessions can be on a weekly basis, and the program will be designed around the diagnosis of the speech problem. The point of the therapy is to make communication better and easier, and the therapy may be in an office setting as well as at-home therapy exercises. The therapist will note the patient’s development and make changes in the treatment protocol as needed.

Speech is the making of sounds to communicate. It involves the lips, tongue, teeth, vocal cords, and lungs. Speech therapy is the treatment of a speech disorder that causes problems being able to communicate, understanding others when they communicate, or problems properly putting words together. Many speech therapists work in such areas as developmental delays, learning disabilities, autism, voice and enunciation, strokes, dementia, and brain injury. Speech therapists help children overcome their speech problems.

For more information visit: http://www.mbcnschool.org/our-therapies/

Article Source: https://www.prlog.org/12634494-speech-therapy-techniques-at-mbcn.html

April 19, 2017

Partnering with MoFPI for World Food India 2017

Digital-Media-Partners

The current Government is known to take big initiatives like Make in India, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, Invest India et al. They are also known to adopt digital media for creating a larger share of voice. The next big initiative that they are undertaking is World Food India, a global event by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries to facilitate partnerships between Indian and foreign businesses and investors.

Think about this: Have you ever seen an Indian denying Pakistani Kebabs or an Israeli denying Lebanese Falafel? That’s because food is a global connector. It is the universal bonding agent that brings people together. If you think about it, we are divided by country boundaries but united by food! Whether it is colleagues sharing a meal together, a family reunion or a diplomatic dinner, food induces a sense of belongingness.

When we heard that MoFPI and CII are undertaking this initiative called World Food India 2017 to provide a favourable environment for businesses to flourish in the food processing sector, our first thought was – ‘India is the largest consumer and the largest producer. So, if we can produce and consume, then why not process?!’ It made absolute sense to partner with the Government and help them leverage digital media to gain visibility.

There is phenomenal enthusiasm about this event worldwide. On 6th March, Hon’ble Union Minister, Harsimrat Kaur Badal launched the website for the event www.worldfoodindia.in and chaired sessions with state ministers and foreign ambassadors. With a 50K+ community on Facebook, varied conversations amongst influencers and investors across countries on Twitter, World Food India 2017 is set to become the largest gathering of investors, manufacturers, producers, food processors, policy makers and organizations around the food ecosystem globally.

The three-day extravaganza to be hosted in New Delhi from 3rd to 5th November 2017 will put India on the global map in the food processing industry. The event will bring together global and Indian leaders across the food value chain on one platform. The gala event will also provide opportunities for networking and collaborations. To get more updates about the event, follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

As the digital media partners, we are all set to become the pillar of this transformation and create roaring success for the initiative. Watch out for some epic campaigns in the months to come.

Source: http://www.omlogic.com/blog/partnering-with-mofpi-for-world-food-india-2017/

April 19, 2017

Save Motherhood and Prevent Maternal Death

Save Motherhood and Prevent Maternal Death

Save Motherhood and Prevent Maternal Death

Every year, National Safe Motherhood Day is observed across India on the 11th of April to create and raise awareness about proper healthcare and maternity facilities for pregnant and lactating women. It is an initiative of the White Ribbon Alliance India (WRAI) to enforce that women must have adequate access to care during pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal periods.

The White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) is a nonpartisan, non-profit and non-governmental membership organisation that aims to decrease maternal and newborn deaths globally. It was formed to address the voices of women at risk of dying in childbirth. The alliance grew rapidly as thousands of people and groups joined the network, speaking as one voice, identifying problems in their own communities and finding specific solutions at a national level across Africa and Asia.

Every minute of every day, somewhere in the world and most often in a developing country, a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. Our mission, as a result, should be to inspire and convene advocates who can campaign to uphold the right of all women to be safe and healthy before, during and after childbirth.

To achieve the same, WRAI organises activities and campaigns throughout the country. As a matter of fact, members of WRAI also join hands with other NGOs to share resources and technical expertise on National Safe Motherhood Day.

Due to lack of education and adequate health and medical services, about 44,000 Indian women die during pregnancy and childbirth. This number can be reduced with simple and proven techniques, and by improving accessibility and education among women. One of these measures could be informing mothers about their nutrition needs from the time they get pregnant to the time they deliver their baby. Another could be educating them about keeping their baby safe after birth through immunisations that are essential for his or her growth.

When a woman dies, children lose their primary caregiver. Her death is a major loss for her family, community and country.

Here are a few ways to prevent maternal deaths:
● Ensuring delivery by qualified and skilled birth attendant.
● Reducing anemia among women during adolescence and childbearing years.
● Educating women on nutrition during pregnancy.
● Informing women about family planning and safe methods.
● Improving antenatal care.
● Shedding light on the importance of breastfeeding.
● Providing postnatal care for pain, infections, excessive bleeding and nutrition.
● Preventing child marriage.
● Improving education of the girl child.
● Providing immunisation and other disease prevention methods.
● Detecting and managing birth complications.

With the help of organisations like UNICEF, WHO, WRAI and various NGOs across the country, India has been successful in lowering its abysmal maternal mortality rate (MMR). We owe this to their continuous efforts to bring about this positive change.

Article Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/save-motherhood-and-prevent-maternal-death/

April 18, 2017

World Heritage Day – Do Your Bit

Do you know the fact that according to UNESCO, a monument can only be included in the World Heritage list, if it is well-preserved?

April 18th marks the World Heritage Day, also known as World International Monuments and Sites Day. This day celebrates the diversity of cultural heritage where people across the world pledge to protect and conserve the rich heritage of our monuments. But looking at the dismal condition of heritage sites in India, let us all ask each other a question. Are we doing every bit to protect our monuments?

The answer to this question is evident from the images below.

Taj Mahal

The pristine beauty of one of the world’s seven wonders – Taj Mahal – is suffering from the effects of pollution and is slowly turning yellow.

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Lodhi Tomb, Delhi

Not only stripped off it’s beauty, the Lodhi Tomb in Delhi is not the only victim of human intervention, there are many forts and monuments in India which have been ruined by the rampant graffiti.

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Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad

Once reciting the glorious history from the 14th-century, the Daulatabad Fort is now left in ruins.

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These forts hold the stories from our rich culture and history which is why it is more of our prerogative to ensure that we keep them safe and preserve their natural beauty..

But you must be thinking that how can you alone preserve the monuments?You can only do your bit if you take small steps and think of the safekeeping of our heritage as your own responsibility.

  • Whenever you visit a monument, don’t throw away plastic bags, eatables or garbage around.
  • Ensure that people around you do not scribble anything on the walls.
  • Use Govt. helplines if you see anyone harming the heritage sites.
  • Spread awareness in your reach to not damage our heritage.
  • You can also adopt a local monument in your area and pledge for its safekeeping.
  • Form local committees and groups with like-minded people who share the same passion for upkeep of our heritage sites.
  • Contact govt. bodies aligned with the preservation of our historical monuments and ask them how you can volunteer or help.

Taking small steps for conservation of our monuments and making people aware of their rich cultural heritage can go a long way in preserving our roots. Remember that these monuments are not public property, they are our national treasure!

Artice Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/environment/world-heritage-day-do-your-bit/

April 11, 2017

Tackling Depression: Tips for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Tackling Depression

Depression: It might not have a significant presence in our lives, but it is possible that someone around us, near us, has been suffering from depression for long enough without us even noticing.
Surprising, yes, but it could happen!
The questions we all have in mind: What is depression? How does it manifest itself? What has made it one of the most severe mental problems in the world?

Imagine having a heachache, a strong one… one that people dismiss as just a heachache, and not something to make a fuss about.
Imagine feeling empty all the time; no one to share your feelings with, nobody to talk to.
Imagine being amidst a sea of people, yet feeling all alone.
Imagine for once that nobody cares whether you exist or not.
That feeling is depression… and it isn’t pretty, especially since most of us don’t even talk about it, or so much as acknowledge its presence.

Depression could be of different types and it could affect people for different reasons, but it is often the parents of children with special needs who are its most common victims. They don’t suffer because they have a special child. They suffer because our society does not treat them as normal. And the only thing that can reduce their suffering is acceptance. It won’t cost us anything to extend a hand of help.

At Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN), we treat every child like our own – with compassion, respect and care. As a result, parents feel assured that their child is loved and well looked after at this home away from home. Not just children, we care equally for parents as well.

In her article on coping with depression, Director, MBCN, Dr. Vandana Sharma lends some useful advice to parents of children with special needs.

Read on for insightful excerpts:

“They need to see this vulnerability and work to adopt effective coping skills to deal efficiently with the situation. It will ultimately benefit their special children also. They can deal with children more effectively and patiently if they themselves are at mental peace.”

Setting Limits on Expectations
There are limits to what one person can do. You shouldn’t expect yourself to think about your child all the time. And your child with a disability shouldn’t expect to be the center of attention all the time or the center of your life all the time. It is often easy to have the child with disabilities set the schedule and tone for all family life. You have limits and your child has limits; learn to recognize both and give yourself a chance to examine the situation before responding in anger or fatigue or with frustration. You are not SUPERPARENT.

Having Fun With Your Child
When every activity becomes ‘a therapy session,’ a lot of pleasure can be lost that would otherwise be shared by you and our child. You are the one who lives with your child, and you are the one who is being asked to do just one more thing. If you cannot do something tonight, or every day, okay. That is your decision. Having fun with your child with cerebral palsy can be a radical idea when you are surrounded by people telling you what to do or what should be happening next.

You are not your child’s therapist or teacher. You are Mommy or Daddy. Therapy and educational activities at home are certainly beneficial but you and your child need time to just fool around, tickle, giggle, tell stories and just hang out. These times are one of the most important parts of your child’s “education” and the love and social skills learned by them will stand in good stead for the future as they will contribute greatly to the self-esteem of your child – and your own self-esteem as a parent.

Taking Time Off or Having a Life
As a parent you need time to yourself, with your spouse or partner and with other family members, and just time without kids around. Many parents describe the first time they went to the grocery store alone after their child was born as a tremendous feeling of freedom — even though they were doing a chore, and even though they didn’t talk to anyone but the checkout clerk. There are many parts of your life and each deserves as much attention and nurturing as does your special needs child. At one point I realized that I had no social life and, even though it meant spending money for a respite worker, the time taken to build friendships has probably helped me be a better parent to my child. And even if it has taken time and energy away from my child, I now have ‘a life’ and can talk about more than my son and his disability.

Being the Expert-In-Charge
You know your child better than anyone else as you have spent the most time and lived the longest with this child with a disability, longer than anyone else. You know what works and what doesn’t; you have the big picture and history of your child and can utilize this in any situation. Support personnel come and go but you are the expert with the experience and first-hand knowledge of your child.

As the expert you have the right to be in charge of your child’s educational, social and medical and other decisions, at least until your child can do this for him or herself. Professionals do not live the consequences of their decisions, so while you want their opinions, remember that they are only ‘informed’ opinions and not facts. They shouldn’t tell you are wrong, that you will regret it, that you are selfish, or that you are not looking far enough ahead. Nor should they make you feel guilty or pressure you into a decision.

As suggested by Dr. Vandana Sharma herself, do not forget that someone around you might be a sufferer too. Look out, it isn’t that tough. It could be a friend, a cousin, or even your neighbour from next door.

Let’s start by asking the simplest yet most important question: How are you?
#LetsTalk!

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/tackling-depression-tips-for-parents-of-children-with-special-needs/

 

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April 6, 2017

Moving Above Down Syndrome

What is Down Syndrome?

Does your child have physical growth delays? Do they display intellectual disabilities? If yes, they might be suffering from Down Syndrome – a genetic disorder that is caused by the presence of all or part of a third copy of chromosome 21.

Named after John Langdon Down, who fully described the syndrome in 1866, Down Syndrome has no cure. Here’s a short video to explain the condition in greater detail.

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nguLcSzN7mM
Video Credits: UDSFoundation

How to identify Down Syndrome?

Now that you know what Down Syndrome is, how do you identify if someone is suffering from this condition? Some physical attributes help in easy identification of people affected with Down Syndrome, so look out for these signs if your child or someone you know is displaying abnormal behaviour.

Those affected with Down Syndrome nearly always have physical and intellectual disabilities. As adults, their mental abilities are typically similar to those of an 8 or 9 year old. They also typically have poor immune function and generally reach developmental milestones at a later age. Apart from the above, people with Down Syndrome may have some or all of these physical characteristics: a small chin, slanted eyes, poor muscle tone, a single crease of the palm, and a protruding tongue due to a small mouth and relatively large tongue. Growth in height is slower, resulting in adults who tend to have short stature — the average height for men is 154 cm (5 ft 1 in) and for women is 142 cm (4 ft 8 in).

Are people with Down Syndrome any different?

Apart from the obvious identifiable traits, people with Down Syndrome are as normal as us. They can grow up to go to college, get married, work and live a fun and happy life. They want to make friends, go to parties and be included in classrooms or the workplace. With the right education and support, individuals with Down Syndrome can often write their own success stories.

People with Down Syndrome are no different than individuals who don’t suffer from the condition, but society often neglects the former, alienating them from the necessary support and encouragement required to excel in anything. Our neglect often stems from our ignorance and lack of knowledge, which is why many organisations around the world are working towards this cause. Each year, 21st March is celebrated globally as ‘World Down Syndrome Day’ with the objective of raising awareness and building empathy around the condition. So, if you have a child suffering from Down Syndrome or know anyone who does, make sure you support them and help them reach their true potential.

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/moving-above-down-syndrome/

March 30, 2017

MBCN Launches e-Cart Facility to Support Efforts of Special Children

E-Kart

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Imparting education and teaching valuable skills that help somebody become financially independent is not just a great way to support an individual or a family, but also an undeniable way to contribute towards the upliftment of our society. Needless to say, education helps a person build confidence, learn new skills, gain experience and earn a decent living.

The vocational wing of Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, Swayam is an initiative of the Ponty Chadha Foundation (PCF) that helps specially-abled children become self-dependent. On the 16th of this January, MBCN launched an e-commerce portal on its website (www.mbcnschool.org) through which people can buy beautiful handmade products crafted by these specially-abled children.

These eco-friendly products range from stationery items, paper bags and packaging boxes to baskets, wedding gifts and other household items. The students of MBCN school are trained by experts who help them create such beautiful merchandise. Many corporates and business houses have already procured gift items and packing material from these special children. The school acknowledges their efforts, and distributes proceeds from the sales among the children.

The vocational training program by PCF instills confidence in children with special needs – children who are suffering from speech impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and various other mental and physical conditions. It teaches them that their determination and efforts are greater than any or all apprehensions they might have about their abilities.

To buy or browse through these elegant and attractive items handcrafted by our talented students, please visit: http://www.mbcnschool.org/shop/

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/mbcn-launches-e-cart-facility-to-support-efforts-of-special-children/