June 21, 2017

Yoga- Restore. Rebalance. Rejuvenate

International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is just around the corner, and the enthusiasm around the globe is already visible. The fact that 72 students and teachers from the City Montessori School of Lucknow will be performing exercises at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the occasion speaks volumes about the popularity of Yoga in the modern day world.

Our lifestyle is such where humans struggle with physical and physiological stress in their lives. This is where yoga comes as a rescue and alleviates stress, both physical and mental. Based on the holistic principles of harmony and unification within body and nature, Yoga’s simple postures leave a powerful impact. Yoga is not only a great solution to stay fit, but has also emerged as an alternative form of therapy. Solutions of many chronic ailments like asthma, diabetes, blood pressure, arthritis have been found in Yoga.

The great thing about yoga is that there are very few limitations. While colorful yoga pants, support blocks, and fancy mats are nice, you don’t necessarily need any of that to get started. Instead, a basic yoga routine which comprises of beginner poses will help your body and mood change for the better in no time.

There are a lot of health benefits one can expect from yoga. Some of those are:

1) Better Flexibility: Yoga helps in loosening the body, and in increasing flexibility.

2) Better Posture: Bad posture has been linked to backaches, neck pain, joint problems, and muscle fatigue. Yoga is one of the best ways to fix poor posture as each pose helps lengthen the spine, and gives a steady, balanced posture.

3) Increases Strength: Yoga naturally helps in strengthening the muscles & joints, and prevents injuries.

4) Better Sleep: A good way to relax the nervous system, yoga minimizes stress and improves the quality of sleep.

5) Boosts Metabolism & Immunity: Yoga naturally boosts the metabolism which assists in weight loss. Yoga also stimulates the four main physiological systems; circulatory, digestive, nervous and endocrine, which is directly connected to the immune system.

June 21, 2017

Health Camp: Mehrauli Village, Ghaziabad

Health Camp Mehrauli

Health Camp Mehrauli

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Mahatma Gandhi

Great pearls of wisdom by Gandhi ji inspire us all; but do we always live up to them?

Not everyone can help everyone, but everyone can help someone. With the aim to provide better health services to the underprivileged, The Ponty Chadha Foundation serves the underprivileged rural areas of Uttar Pradesh by organizing free health camps every month.

On 7th June, 2017, we organized the free health camp in Mehrauli, Ghaziabad.
From its total population of around 3600, 154 people attended the camp, which comprised of 53 minors, 30 adults and 71 women. The health camp proved to be a success and we appreciate the efforts of the specialists from Dr. Ram Saran Garg (Indo-German) Hospital, who identified gynaecological problems, skin issues, anaemia and ear-specific problems as the major health concerns in the village.

Health is a very important concern, which is majorly neglected in rural areas.
Financial or social barriers prevent people from reaching out to seek help at the right time, and the Ponty Chadha Foundation strives to break those very barriers by working to support and provide the best healthcare to the rurals.

We do our best to take our services to the masses, and our focus is to first reach the most disadvantaged sections of the society. At the health camp, we educate the rurals about maintaining sanitation, taking care of proper hygiene, cleanliness and other major issues that will help them live a healthier, happier and a more productive life.

Improving access to health services brings a range of benefits beyond good health, as it helps combat poverty and provides a better world for all.

– See more at: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/health/health-camp-mehrauli-village-ghaziabad/

June 19, 2017

Protect & Preserve the Ocean

Protect and Preserve the Ocean

Protect and Preserve the Ocean

When Afroz Shah, a Mumbai-based lawyer, began his drive to clean the Versova beach, he did it for the love of environment. Little did he know that his personal project will catapult into the world’s largest clean-up campaign with support from 300 volunteers. 85 weeks later, Versova Beach is now completely transformed. If one man can trigger such monumental change, imagine what we all can achieve ‘together’ for the environment.

Our oceans are the life support system of our planet. However, rampant industrialization has polluted our oceans to such an extent that if we don’t change the way we do things— we are on track to cause irreversible damage to our ecosystem.

3 Simple Things You Can Do For The Ocean

Here’s what you can do in your own small way to create a lasting impact save the oceans:

1. Say NO to plastic
Whether you live in a coastal area or not, the garbage you throw has a
great chance of ending up in the ocean. Trash like plastic bags, wrappers, disposable
containers, can be washed into local waterways and eventually reach the ocean. Plastic
is hazardous to marine life as it introduces various toxins into the sea water.

2. Reduce your carbon footprint
Climate change and ocean acidification— results of our reliance on fossil fuels—are causing extreme impact on ocean health. By opting for clean energy, we can reduce the carbon footprints we generate, which can alleviate the issue of climate change. Global warming is also the reason why many marine species face extinction.

3. Don’t litter
Much of the plastic and waste found in the ocean step from the habit of littering. Enjoy the beauty of the ocean without defacing your pristine surroundings. Pick up trash and discourage others from littering the surroundings.

These simple yet potent measures can be really impactful in saving the oceans. We must protect the natural treasures and preserve them to be cherished by our future generations too. This World Oceans Day, let’s pledge to change our lifestyle and protect these natural reserves.

Source: http://www.thepontychadhafoundation.org/blog/environment/protect-preserve-the-ocean/

June 8, 2017

Sensory Play and its benefits for autistic children

Sensory Play

Children use their senses to explore the world as soon as they are born. This is the reason we usually find toddlers putting almost everything in their mouth trying to discover the taste and texture of different objects.

However, not all children find it easy to understand the messages they receive from their senses. Hence, sensory play is what comes into light for those children that helps them in adapting to their surroundings easily.

Sensory play is any activity that stimulates the senses. This includes the five main senses of touch, smell, sight, taste, and sound, as well as the two not-as-frequently-mentioned senses: vestibular (sense of balance) and proprioceptive (sense of where each body part is in relation to the rest).

Sensory activities facilitate exploration and naturally encourage children to use scientific processes while they play, create, investigate and explore. The sensory activities allow children to refine their thresholds for different sensory information helping their brain to create stronger connections to process and respond to sensory information.

The brain growth that occurs through sensory play enhances children’s senses, and their enhanced senses in turn make them better able to use those senses for learning.

Sensory play offers immense benefits in the development of a child. Here are a few skills that children develop when engaging in sensory play:

● Language Skills: Children develop their vocabulary as they are asked to talk on a particular topic everyday
● Social Skills: Children learn to share, negotiate and plan.
● Fine Motor Skills: As children manipulate small objects, they develop their fine motor skills.
● Gross Motor Skills: Children develop gross motor skills by squatting, jumping, or otherwise moving their bodies.
● Dramatic Play Skills: Children use sensory materials to engage in dramatic play.
● Scientific Reasoning Skills: Children learn about cause and effect when manipulating sensory materials.
● Self-Control Skills: Children develop self-control as they learn to respect the rules and boundaries for sensory play.

There are many kinds of sensory play activities out there that can help your child in numerous ways. So go ahead, try them and have a wonderful time by engaging your kids in some of the creative sensory plays. By making sure the activities are fun and varied children will have the opportunity to develop these important skills and let them be in control of their own experiences and actions.

Source: http://www.mbcnschool.org/blog/sensory-play-benefits-autistic-children/

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

speech therapy techniques

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/