We invite you to look into the lives of three of our autistic students to fully understand the impact of Shraddha’s efforts. The stories of Pratish Sajnani, Mayur Sadhwani,and Utpal Tripathi are touching and telling. Although autism inhibits communication and social interactions, Pratish and Mayur have been inseparable friends for the past 15 years Shraddha has nurtured these young adults and now they communicate through gestures and limited verbal skills, perfectly comprehending each other. Friendship has provided stability to both and has helped reduce their hyperactivity and temper tantrums.
Mayur is a 31 year old young autistic adult. He is also physically disabled with a humped back and stunted growth. He suffers from poor hand-eye coordination and has severe perception issues. His parents believe that Shraddha is a permanent solution and that he has found stability and is thriving in a secure environment.
Mayur’s parents initially had a very difficult time trying to deal with his temper tantrums but through training received at Shraddha, he has been able to channel and control his anger. The trustees at Shraddha have counseled his parents and made them understand that love and patience are the only tools needed to discipline him.
Shraddha has helped Mayur enhance his self confidence and self esteem. It has helped better his motor and sensory perception skills. The monthly remuneration Mayur receives makes him feel independent and he takes great pride in his work. Shraddha enhanced his communication skills – earlier he was only able to express himself through hand gestures but now he has learnt to speak using verbal communication.
A day at Shraddha
Shraddha is more than just a vocational workshop that provides autistic young adults with care, meaningful work and a salary. A typical day at Shraddha would start with a simple prayer. The young adults bow down to pay respects to their teachers and settle down in their classrooms. Twice a day they participate in “Brain Gym” sessions, which help stimulate their thinking processes. They also have regular “play sessions” where they go down to the playground and get some exercise. Thrice a week this is supplemented by regular gym sessions where instructors work with them on improving flexibility and strengthening their muscles. In between these sessions, the young adults work with volunteers on their workshop projects. The day ends with prayers and tea at 4PM , after which the students leave to go home. Shraddha staff, students and volunteers are a close knit family and celebrate birthdays and special occasions with music and song.
“ Shraddha believes in the total development of an autistic individual – in body, soul and mind, and provides intellectual, physical and cognitive therapies to support their students.