Published: 23rd April 2019
Block Research Centre in Kozhikode will be turned into an autism park soon
In the first phase of the renovation, the centre will also be equipped with a projector and the therapy rooms will be digitalised similar to the smart classrooms in government and aided schools
The Block Research Centre (BRC) Kunummal in Kozhikode, which is functioning under the district Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan is planning to upgrade its Autism centre and equip it with better facilities for autistic children and their parents.
As part of the initiative, the centre, which currently carries out speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and autism training for children, will be upgraded with sound-proof and air-conditioned rooms. Therapy and study materials for children, including electronic gadgets, puzzles and tools for increasing their attention will be bought for the autism centre. “For this, we have sought the support of several voluntary agencies and private groups,” said Kunnummal BRC resource person Adith P T.
In the first phase of the renovation, the centre will also be equipped with a projector and the therapy rooms will be digitalised similar to the smart classrooms in government and aided schools.“In the upcoming phases, the centre will be upgraded to an Autism park, similar to the projects being carried out in other BRCs in the district” he said. The autism parks are expected to have recreational centres and libraries for parents, more therapy rooms, autism training and research classes for students, counseling and grooming rooms, sensory paths, water pools and advanced technical aids to assist the children.
A total of 20 children are currently undergoing therapy sessions at the Kunnummal centre. While speech and occupational therapy classes are held for an hour twice a week, autism training is provided on all weekdays depending on the timings of the children and trainers. “We are also planning to increase the time allotted for the therapy sessions,” added Adith.
Since April is observed as the autism month, the BRC authorities are planning to conduct a slew of programmes for children at the autism centre, and their parents, from Thursday. The programmes include classes for parents on how digital tools can be used to increase the attention of their children, a film show and a tour for the students.