An Introduction to training programs at Vagdevi

Communication Impairment, which includes Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders(ADHS) & Learning Disabilities (LD) has been gaining attention recently for about 2 decades.

The growing number of children with ASD, ADHD, along with treatment studies suggesting substantial gains when treatment is provided at a very early stage, has led to the development of Datta Methodology for Enhancing Learning (DMEL).

DMEL was introduced in 1996 at Vagdevi Integrated School at pre-primary level and 75 children were diagnosed as having one or other form of communication disorders. 6 children with ASD were treated exclusively using DMEL for a period of one year. The results indicates that children under this program have demonstrated spontaneous communication, reciprocal social interaction and reduced to restricted, repetitive and stereo typed behaviours and they are ready to be mainstreamed. Throughout the study, the family was involved in yoga therapy (YT) sessions and this enabled children to transfer the skills learnt from school to home.

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