Dawood Development Unit

VISION

“Enlighten my soul, enlighten my being”

To develop an educational institute that produces young women who possess the capabilities of critical thinking, analysis and awareness of a disparate environment. They will be instilled with knowledge and acumen which will enable them to become proactive members of society, as well as to equip them with practical tools for survival and autonomy. Every student of Dawood Public School will be nurtured to explore and cultivate her aptitudes, interest and skills. The School’s vision is to expand this ethos to include all people associated with the institution to create a learning community and communal network whose members will be worthy role models for others, possessing values of integrity and sensitivity to the plight of others, common sense and recognition of their position and their roles amongst their families and in the development of their country.

WHY Dawood Development Unit (DDU)?
DDU is the practical depiction of the ideology that every person in society has the rights to avail all services and opportunities according their abilities and requirements. Since the last three decades, Dawood Public School (DPS) has been continuing its legacy of providing quality education and training for girls. DDU is set up by DPS to provide a quality therapeutic, academic, and training facility for students and the larger community with different abilities so that parents of DPS students can avail the facility for their children within the same premises. The facility is not just for DPS students, but for the community at large.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS SERVICES

Special Education concentrates on

  1. Cognitive Development
  2. Language and Communication
  3. Physical Development
  4. Social and Emotional Development
  5. 5- Self-Help Skills

Functional Curriculum
Developing and working to enhance self-help skills to integrate differently abled children as active members of the community.

Occupational Therapy interventions include helping differently-abled children to gain functional skills which aid their inclusion in schools and different social situations.

Occupational therapists work on:

  • Daily Activities
  • Education
  • Work
  • Play
  • Leisure
  • Rest and Sleep

DDU’s dual-purpose area is used for occupational therapy, to work on fine motor skills, daily activities, writing skills, exercise (with specialized equipment by applying various strategies according to individual needs), and stimulation and integration of senses.  It is a safe and visually stimulating environment which encourages children to explore with the help of therapists who ensure maximum engagement of all senses.

DDU therapists evaluate the needs of each child and provide the required support to enhance functional independence in daily life while preventing or minimizing limitations.

Sensory Integration Therapy (SIT) is used to describe processes in the brain that allow us to take information we receive from our senses, organize it, and respond appropriately.

Sensory integration is crucial for overall development. It plays a vital role in every individual’s life.

DDU aims to help cater to balance all seven senses through technology. Our sensory space is designed and equipped to stimulate and integrate the sense of hearing, sight, touch, smell, taste, vestibular, and proprioception. Engaging in sensory play aids the development and improvement of senses.

SIT helps with the following;

·         Coordination and balancing;
·         Attention and focus;
·         Learning and memory;
·         Reading and auditory processing;
·         Tactile and auditory sensitivities;
·         Behavior regulation;
·         Autism spectrum disorder; and
·         Sensory processing disorder.

Speech Therapy is the assessment and treatment of communication problems and speech disorders. It is performed by speech-language pathologists (SLPs), referred to as speech therapists.

Speech therapy benefits students with language delay, feeding and swallowing issues, cognitive delays, communication difficulties due to mild, moderate, or severe learning difficulties, specific language impairment, specific difficulties in producing sounds (articulation and phonological disorders), hearing impairment, cleft palate, stuttering, and autism/social interaction difficulties (pervasive developmental disorders).

DDU’s speech therapy unit is subdivided into cubicles where sessions are conducted on a one-on-one basis. The speech therapy unit has been equipped with materials which our speech therapists use for improvement of speech, language, and communication disorders. Parents are able to observe and listen in on the sessions from the one-way windows, minimizing anxiety, at the same time ensuring that parents can relate to the child’s procedures.

DDU’s speech therapists formulate a working plan after assessing each child. All necessary tools for speech and language development, with a special focus on everyday vocabulary are applied.

Physical Therapy unit has trained professionals who evaluate and treat abnormal physical functions related to an injury, disability, disease, or condition.

With required equipment and authentic methodology, children receive physical therapy according to their needs. Our physical therapists work on physical limitations and design customized fitness therapy plans.

This unit is equipped with all necessary machines. It is divided into two areas, one for manual therapy and the other for fitness. It has the required tilt tables, wedges, and mattress, etc., catering to various therapeutic needs.

Remedial Therapy is a multifaceted approach, tailoring remedial intervention plans to a child’s specific needs. It makes use of one-on-one instructions, small group instructions, and written, verbal, and computer-based work. Remedial Therapy focuses on skills rather than on content.

DDU’s remedial therapy unit uses behavioral teaching methods, which have clearly defined goals and strategies, and is tailored and customized to each child’s specific needs. Within the therapy sessions, children are involved in individual/group activities, and gross motor and fine motor activities which are scheduled to form a part of and into the child’s daily routine.

Skills

  • Functional skills;
  • Gross and fine motor skills;
  • Language/vocabulary development;
  • Social and behavior skills and
  • Academics and functional academics.

The classroom is divided into different areas of learning –: a computer corner, reading corner, and floor activity. A maximum of twenty children at a time of varying ages and abilities will be accommodated.

Behavioral Therapy
DDU emphasizes on behavior modification through applied behavior analysis. Our behavioral therapists identify and help change potentially destructive or unhealthy behaviors and seek to increase chances for positive experience/behavior.

Vocational Training
DDU offers various vocational skills and provides training according to each child’s interests.

Computer Training
DDU provides individual computer literacy classes according to each child’s interests and pace.

Sports Training
DDU trains students for indoor and outdoor games and sports. Moreover, we enhance the opportunity for unified sports.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Our community outreach program encompasses the insight through education about different disabilities and disorders through awareness campaigns, training programs, and other activities. With this program, we contribute and help those who cannot help themselves. Community outreach helps us to educate parents and other senior members of the society. It also allows us to influence younger generations to give back to the community by supporting their fellow community members through voluntary services.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

  • Children with mild levels of physical and intellectual impairment
  • Needs supported by DDU at the moment:
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder;
    • Physical Limitation;
    • Down Syndrome;
    • Intellectual Disability; and
    • Cerebral Palsy.
  • Every admission will be reviewed after three years for viability

Age
Schooling

  • Morning Shift (girls and boys)

Under 10 years

  • Afternoon Shift

Above 10 years

OPD
Birth to 10 years (boys)
Birth to 16 years (girls) 

MAJOR CONCERNS

Dealing with multiple challenges
DDU caters to DAC of various categories under one roof; for this purpose a qualified staff is hired to cater each area of work. This staff includes

  • Registered Behavior Technician
  • Special Educators
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Psychologist
  • Remedial Therapist

Early Childhood Intervention
DDU believes in early intervention, as sooner the intervention starts, sooner the improvement occurs. ECI offers need and knowledge-based programs designed by our competent professionals. Curriculum is designed considering student needs according to the Montessori philosophy.

Psychological Evaluation
Our psychologists provide counseling, psychotherapy services and monitor age appropriate child development.

SALIENT FEATURES

  • Purpose-built environment
  • Qualified staff
  • Individual attention to every student
  • Hands-on learning environment
  • Well-equipped therapy rooms
  • Well planned sensory garden area with wheelchair accessibility
  • Ample open space for children
  • Air-conditioned rooms