We work using direct interventions in classrooms with special needs populations in schools and learning centres. Below are some organisations that showcase the work we have done with young adults and with ASD adults in pre-employability spaces.
Art in Education Program at Addressing Social Skills through Arts at Brindavan Education Trust (2013-2015)
Facilitators from Snehadhara Foundation designed, conducted theatre sessions for the senior school students of Brindavan Education Trust for the academic year 2013-2014.
The sessions had the following focus areas:
- Body, Voice and Movement– Loosen inhibitions, increasing agility and flexibility
- Expression – Social dynamics and bonding with large and small groups
- Theatre – Basic understanding of stage, storytelling and ensemble theatre
Between 2014 and 2015 , we had a engagement with 40 senior school students at the Brindavan Educational Trust. Our work with this group focussed on the various aspects in the social domain of adolescents.
EnAble India is a non-profit organization working since its inception from 1999 towards the economic independence and dignity of persons with disabilities.
It has started an employability training programme with the candidates under Autism spectrum disorder and other related disorders. The programme aims at making the selected candidates employable so that they are placed with the employers.
The central thrust of Snehadhara’s work with EnAble was to use Arts based interventions to create an interdisciplinary approach that integrates practical, artistic and conceptual elements in the existing learning protocols in order to empower adults with disabilities. The pilot project was designed keeping in mind the possibility of using ABT to address areas of development that include Speech, Sensory Integration, Motor Skills, Cognition and Social Dynamics. In doing so, the attempt was to implement, execute and measure qualitative outcomes of these various processes.
Keeping in mind the post placement needs of the participants, the Buddy system approach was attempted in order to accelerate learning between identified pairs of buddies, thereby, creating a platform for peer to peer and socio cognitive learning.