Thanks in advance for your suggestions.
My son is three year old (3 Y 2m). We currently live outside India. He receives weekly speech (2 hrs per week) OT sessions (45 minutes), attends a mother-toddler class. He has speech delay and some sensory issues.
Attention span very much varies from 10 minutes to 1.5 hrs. If it is 1:1 like speech therapy session it is as long as 1 hr or more. He is a sensitive boy. Enjoys circle time if it is 5 to 6 children; The more the number of children , he is impatient to get his turn; His recent ATEC score is 41. He will be starting Kindergarten- K1 or LKG in June /July 2013. Please suggest,
Any inclusive school in Mumbai or navi Mumbai areas. What is the student : teacher ratio in these schools. Any location is Ok , we can choose some near by housing; any curriculum is OK. I am more interested in low teacher-student ratio , not keen about academic side but wanting a caring and safe environment.
Your replies are very very important to me as I don't have any information. I lived in Mumbai long time back. But never had the chance or opportunity to know about any school.
Pls give your suggestions.
Dear Violetlight ,
I donot have much info about inclusive schools in Mumbai.
Am listing the names of some centers in Mumbai . They should be able to help you as they deal with children on the spectrum.
Umeed - http://www.ummeed.org/
Samarpan - http://www.sopan.org/
T-370 Chiragaon, 3rd Floor,
Tel: 91-11-29256469, 91-11-29256470
:: Forum for Autism
Dr. Ambedkar Road,
Dadar, Mumbai - 400 014,
:: DEALL Communication Centre
2nd Flr. Laud Mansion
Opp. Charni Rd Stn.
:: Pradip Centre for Autism Management
203B Lake Town, Block - B
:: Ashiana Institute for Autism
Mumbai- 400 059
:: Sai Ram Autism Centre
Tel No: 24701129
:: Umang Centre for Autistic and Slow Learners
Mumbai - 400 067
Tel No: 28660317/2808/7080
:: People Concerned About Autism
c/o Tamanna Association,
D-6, Vasant Vihar,
New Delhi - 110057
Tel No: 26143853
:: SAI-Support for Autistic Individuals
173,Ram Krishna,2nd Floor, 10th Rod,
Khar (W), Mumbai - 400 052
Tel No: 2600 7267
:: Academy for Severe Handicaps and Autism
S-123, Kirloskar Colony,
3rd Stage, 4th Block,
:: Prerna Centre for Autism and Related Disorders
29, Ground Floor, Meherzin CHS Ltd.
109-A Wodehouse Rd,
Near Thompsons General Stores,
Colaba, Mumbai 400 005
:: Ummeed Child Development Centre
7-A Chinoy Mansion,
Warden Road, Mumbai - 400 036,
Tel No: 23632258, 23632932
Rad, thank you so much for your details. As you suggested, I will email them to know about inclusive schools. Thank you once again. It's a wonderful suggestion.
Would like to know, any one else here have direct experience or heard about Mumbai or Navi Mumbai schools (for kindergarten level) with low teacher : student ratio. Thanks.
though i have no much idea for kindergaeten level, but still do contact euroschool (airoli)
Thanks for your reference. I shall contact them.
Hi Violet light,
There are a lot of franchaisee kindergarten schools all over India. You surely should be able to find one near your neighbourhood.
Eurokids is a good kindergarten , student child ratio is 1: 10 for KG and Sr. KG. Nursery - 1 : 15 . My child goes to Eurokids and had tremendously benefitted.His teacher is very patient with him.
A few others you can look up is - Treehouse, Radcliffe,Shemrock ,Little Millenium.
A search on montessori schools should give u an idea in Mumbai. My advice would be to look for a small neighbourhood kindergarten with a less chikdren . It would be easy on the child to adjust and the teachers would be more accomodating. You can then look for big schools having nursery /KG etc ..once he settles down.
Thank you Rads for your suggestions on schools. Yes. As you said, he settling down is very important and should be the first step to be focused.
Any idea about these schools allowing shadow teachers(if needed)
He has attention span issues. We don't have definite/conclusive reports on AdHD etc.,on the safe side considering to have shadow teacher for initial months and slowly fade out based on speech therapist recommendation.
Also, any idea about primary schools allowing such shadow teachers?
Thanks and best wishes
Sorry dear ! I donot know of any schools allowing shadow teachers. I am sure someone at umeed or Sopan would be able to guide you better.
Good luck in finding a school of your liking for your son.
I have worked as a shadow teacher and was put at Vibgyor in mumbai, there r schools like Vibgyor, Billabong, Gokuldham Group of schools (Yasodham, Lakshdham centres are more autism specific) which take shadow teachers and student ratio is 1 : 10. There r a good number of international schools but how many of them do take shadow teachers or asd kids is a question, although they state and declare that they r inclusive schools.
Good Morning Jyothi !
i don't have engough words to thank you for your information. The school list provided by you holds key point in our move to Mumbai. Thank you from my bottom of the heart.
Since my son is too young (3 yrs 2 months) , I am not able to say how he will pick up the additional languages like Hindi, Marati when comes to primary. But we switched over to english and not talking to him in our mother tounge since it was bit tough for him. In english he speaks in sentences.
Out side India, for children with learning delays they even get exemption of additional language paper. Because, different levels are maintained for language classes for normal kids also.
how this language policy is handled in India in ICSE/IB/CBSE schools. The above schools you mentioned, do they give any exemption?
Hi, SSC boards have exemptions..not sure about ib or others, u can try or approach the principal or coordinators..I think FORUM FOR AUTISM has worked with the education departments and in many cases persuaded them for exemptions..U r child is still v.v. young, pls consider before moving to Mumbai..rgds, jyothi
Thanks Jyothi for your info.
It looks huge task to find the match with our requirements and expectation. Especially without visiting the schools directly as we are staying overseas right now.
I have send mails to few NGO's and expecting their guidance.
This forum has given me strength as well as information to proceed. Thank you once again.
Jyothi and Muskaan had given school references and Rad has given NGOs list. Thank you all.
Rad, two NGO's replied and gave parent's contact. Those Parents are wonderful and gave contacts about therapists. Thank you for your suggestion.
School is not yet finalized as many school's admission for upcoming academic year is closed. Hoping the best to happen. Also the parent's feedback were "everything depends on the class teacher" which is basically the role of luck. It gives bit of fear.
thank you once again. If any one would like to add any school or therapist details or your experiences / feedback here, you are most welcome.
As mentioned above Forum For Autism and Ummeed Child Development center are places which will give you all the help possible. Therapy services at "Ummeed " would also be good and you will get all evidence based/ research based therapy services there.
thank you for your feedback.
I understand from other post that you are a therapist. I need your help with two issues right now I am trying to handle. Please chek your PM please.
Hi Violetlight and Friends in the group,
I am a father of a 8 year old high functioning autistic child. I read your posit and the responses, and I find myself in a similar position to where you were earlier (although my child is older). We are moving from US to Navi Mumbai in 2 months of time, and I am trying to find out inclusive schools which may provide admission. I know the search will be tough.
My child has speech, language and communication difficulties, focus and concentration issues, and few behavioral issues are also surfacing up now. However he has a very sharp memory, is good in mathematics and drawing. It will be great if you can suggest schools, therapists and support system near navi Mumbai. It will be of immense help to me.
Thanks & Regards,
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