VYDEHI SCHOOL – SPECIAL EDUCATION FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

Founded in 2007, Vydehi school is an initiative by Vydehi Group for rehabilitation of children with special needs. As on day, the school has 72 children with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, cognitive impairment, down’s syndrome, visual impairment and multiple disabilities too.

The school runs across 9.30 am and 1 pm, 5 days a week.  The curriculum is customized as per individual student requirements and focuses on development of cognitive, communication, socialization and motor skills.  The school maintains a student teacher ratio of 1:6 and their main objective is to provide inclusive education to the special children without discrimination. It focuses on identifying individual abilities of students and making optimum use of them for their life long benefit.

Brigance Diagnostic has been added to the schools arsenal in 2009, already. This inventory has helped meet the needs of individual students, develop measurable goals and monitor their progress efficiently, ever since.

Being an integral part of Vydehi group, Vydehi School is supported by Vydehi Institute of Rehabilitation(VIR) and both the rehabilitation setups work in a close knit way to meet the needs of children, patients and people. While the special educators from school render their services to VIR on a need to need basis, specialists like speech therapists, physiotherapists and more from VIR serve the needs associated with the school children regularly.

The school also offers one-on-one sessions of 1 hour duration to all age groups besides remedial education for students with learning disabilities. Furthermore, it provides home based services for differently-abled children residing in far of areas of the city.

Well, for over a decade now, Vydehi school nestled in Vydehi School of Excellence campus has been working towards providing equal education opportunities to special children for their independence and betterment of their future.

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Why is Vydehi One of The Best Schools in Whitefield, Bangalore?

Whitefield is one of areas in Bangalore which has many corporate parks, IT hubs, offices of corporate giants and hence is densely populated. There are many schools also in and around the area. One such school which is taking the ratings by storm is Vydehi School of Excellence. In just a few years of its inception, this school has made a mark for itself. Today, it has already found its place in the top 10 schools of Whitefield.

Its pretty much an achievement, because Vydehi School of Excellence, a part of Vydehi group was founded not long before in the year 2009. In a short span of 6 years the school has earned itself immense recognition and popularity, primarily due to its holistic approach and international standards.

With a mission of fostering young minds to create leaders of tomorrow and instill in them values and etiquettes that last forever, Vydehi School of Excellence has crafted a curriculum that is a perfect concoction of scholastic and non scholastic activities. The school focuses on unleashing every child’s potential through comprehensive development that includes physical, social and moral aspects. Extra curricular abilities are also given equal emphasis and include sports and creative activities. Experiential learning forms an integral part of its education program. The quality teaching methodology and learned faculty.

With a clinical Psychologist and a dietician on board, it takes due care of mental health of its children and food habits as well. The lip-smacking menu offered is created after general medical evaluation and parents consultation. It is based on the recommendations of the dietician and is a healthy balance of nutrients needed for growing children.

Vydehi School of excellence is spread across an expansive campus of over 200,000 sqft and is all equipped with hi-tech facilities that include smart digital classrooms, fully equipped computer labs, well stocked library and media room, advanced learning labs for Mathematics, Science and English Subjects, CCTV surveillance round the clock and GPS connected transport.

Above all, what makes this school one of the most sought after schools in whitefield is its affordability inspite of such extravagant facilities it provides. This is only because the preliminary objective of Vydehi group while conceptualizing this educational setup has solely been imparting high quality education to grassroot levels of the society. Just like their other endeavors be it Institute of medical, dental and nursing sciences, Vydehi Hospital or more, it is primarily about serving the society and hence, the fee structure has been set in such a way that it is within reach of the middle class people who aspire to provide high quality education to their children, but finances serve as big road blocks while trying to realize them.

In a nutshell, Vydehi School is an outstanding educational platform for fostering young minds through holistic education and truly so – a school of excellence.

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What To Do In the Summer Holidays ? – Hobbies and Activities

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It is nearly time for final examinations in schools, a harbinger or herald of the approaching summer holidays as well. With kids eagerly waiting for their holidays to begin, it is also time when parents start thinking around engaging programs or activities for their kids.

There are apparently many options available for making the summer holidays of your kids interesting, entertaining and get them to learn at the same time. But, while enrolling them to summer programs, as a parent you need to be well aware of the interests of your child as well. For example, if your kid loves dancing but is not into cricket and you enroll him for cricket, he or she probably is not going to make the most of this opportunity. Instead if you focus of enrolling them to activities of their interests, you’d probably get better results.

ENROLLMENTS
As per your child’s interests you can enroll him/her to various different hobby classes during the summers. These classes usually consume only 1 or 2 hours a day for around 5 days a week.

Hobby Classes
Hobby classes like Dancing (western or classical), Singing (classical, semi classical, pop, western, learning musical instrument), Art (sketching, painting), Craft (embroidery, fabric painting, pottery, sculpting & more) are undertaken at many hobby centres across the city. You may simply google up such classes to find one nearby, so that commuting is not much of a problem as well.

Sports & Games
It could either be outdoor or indoor sports or a mix of both. An hour or two daily into a particular sport or two, for example badminton, tennis, table tennis, soccer, cricket, chess, carom, karate, etc. could be fun based summer activity for your kids.

ACTIVITIES
Apart from hobby classes, it is very important for parents to spent time with their kids. This is probably your best chance.

Outdoor Activities
Getting into outdoor activities that involve the entire family is definitely a great idea. Outdoor activities could include stuff like a handball game at the beach, joining in with your kids in making sand castles, skating around, sun bathing, boating, snorkelling or even scuba diving, etc. Experience some excitement and thrill during the holidays with hiking, biking or trekking to nearby places with your kids, source of a lot of fun and memories indeed.

Indoor Activities
When at home in the summer, go for some indoor games with your kids, indulge into some creative activities, get cooking up some easy snacks or baking with them. This will go a long way in building up their teamwork spirit and their bond with you. Simple activities like making pizzas, cookies, fabric painting activities, reading books, story telling sessions and more could be quite a learning and enjoyable experience for your kids.

All these summer time programs or activities are not only going engage your children and make optimum use of their idle time but it is an opportunity for them to learn new stuff, probably a point of self realization about inclination to a particular interest, but more importantly a time of family bonding and nurturing relationships that is further going to help them in moulding their personalities in a positive way.

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Your Ultimate Guide To Effective Parenting

Parenting is a responsibility that needs to be handled responsibly. Dealing with children is more like pottery. The technique of your hand decides the shape of the pot you are making. Hence, to get the best results, the technique you use to create the pot needs to be in place primarily. Obviously, it is a herculean task and requires enormous amount of energy, your valuable time and loads of patience. Parenting is more like an investment and is worth more than millions of bucks because if today you invest in your child, tomorrow you are sure to reap a golden harvest. Your child tomorrow is definitely going to be a person who can handle herself/himself during any sort of tough times, full of patience, in short ready to take on the world in his/ her stride. But, it is a matter of years before you get to see these amazing results.

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Here are a few tips to help you realize your parenting goals -

KNOW YOUR CHILD – Try to observe your child on a regular basis. This will help you know your child better and devise a parenting style or technique that suits your child type. You cannot have a one size fits all type of parenting style. The parenting style for an aggressive kid and a shy kid is totally different.

SPEND QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR CHILD – This is by far the most important part of parenting. Spending quality time with your child helps you develop a strong bonding with the child and makes your child feel safe, secure and connected to the parent. Be it family time, play time, meal time, vacations, weekends, etc. set aside time particularly for your child. It could be both the parents spending time with the child or turn by turn as well.

LOVE YOUR CHILD UNCONDITIONALLY – Every child is unique and has his/her own individual qualities and persona. Make your child feel loved by you irrespective of their performance. And let them know this and feel this, that you love them no matter what. This will certainly help in emotional development of the child.

DON’T PRESSURIZE YOUR CHILDREN – Let your children indulge in activities, sports they enjoy and not what you enjoy. Don’t pressurize them with studies and bug them with questions every day pertaining to studies, tests and exam outcomes. Also, there have been many instances where parents have not been able to fulfill their own dreams. This attrition is carried forward and parents put the burden of their own unfulfilled aspirations on their kids, in a bid to conform their own dreams, through their children. This is not done. Your children are individuals who are unique and have their own individual qualities, aspirations and dreams. Don’t burden them with yours. Let them be.

MANAGE THE IDIOT BOX – Continuous exposure to television affects the mental and creative development of your child. It does not mean you deprive them of television, but set a definite time limit for television. Also, focus on reading them story books and making them read as well as they grow. Try to inculcate their interest in reading, sports, socializing and other activities that nurture their imaginative, cognitive and creative skills. Apparently, Television time in a day should not be more than an hour for toddlers.

ENCOURAGE & MOTIVATE – Encouraging your child, rewarding him/ her goes a long way in instilling self confidence in them. So, from time to time, praise them, reward them with toys, make them feel good with a pat on the back, a kiss or a lovable touch.

DISCIPLINE & BEHAVIOR COMMUNICATION – It is very important for you to have clarity about desirable and undesirable behavior. This is also to be communicated clearly to the child. The child should know about repercussions of undesirable behavior. Set limits because discipline is equally important as warmth. This will help your children deal with matters of self control, impatience, frustration and more.

Undoubtedly, Parenting is a super responsibility and a huge investment. Put your best foot forward, give it your heart and see your children blossom their way into a bright and shining future. Happy Parenting.

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Inclusive Education

Learning Knows No Bounds
“Fairness is not giving everyone the same thing,
Fairness is giving each person what they need to succeed”

These days we hear a lot about the term inclusive education. Suddenly these alien concepts are the norm in our country and everyone is talking about it.

However, believe me, it is a good thing and this topic needs all the attention it can get.
So let us begin with the classic explanation.

“Inclusive education happens when children with and without disabilities participate and learn together in the same classes. Research shows that when a child with disabilities attends classes alongside peers who do not have disabilities, good things happen”.

Roots of inclusive education can be traced back to the 1950s in USA & Canada where reputed universities experimented with integration of students with severe disabilities pioneered by inclusion teachers, who believe in participatory learning, cooperative learning, and inclusive classrooms.

In India, though we have been approaching inclusion since quite some time, we have a lot to achieve. The society has come a long way from fear, negligence, pity & sympathy towards empathy.

Our constitution provides for education as the fundamental right to all children, but until the recent Right to Education Act, introduced in 2012 schools were at liberty whether or not to grant admission to students with special needs.

Government can make laws and provide infrastructure, but it all depends on the other stakeholders (Schools, Parents, and Teachers) on how we perceive inclusive education & our willingness to take it forward. Reluctance also stems from the fact that inclusive education is a guaranteed high return long-term investment but with very high premium in the short term.

It is not only important to provide infrastructure like ramps, toilets, accessibility to laboratories, playground, etc but also to identify and support children with learning and mental disabilities. Lack of flexibility in curriculum, affordability, being bullied in the class and not getting adequate attention from the teachers are other contributing factors, which stall inclusive education.

We must all understand that “All children can learn” but “All children learn differently” & Special education is not inclusive education.

The Inclusive Education Clause in the RTE Act is an important step in the right direction. It also helps regular kids. When they attend classes that reflect the similarities and differences of people in the real world, they learn to appreciate diversity.

So let us all strive to improve the status of inclusive education within our respective spheres of influence. What begins with a sense of responsibility & compassion culminates in a feeling of pride when the children reciprocate with joy & passion that make our efforts pale in comparison.

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Emotional Intelligence – Key to Success?

Intelligence is more than we thought it was. We already know from our own experiences in the world that it takes more than just being smart or having a high IQ to be successful. We had already seen many a times, that our brightest students have failed to experience success in life which we would have predicted using our traditional methods of evaluation.
Research tells us that IQ contributes to only 20% of the factors that determine success while the remaining 80% is referred to as “EQ” or Emotional Intelligence.

So what is this Emotional Intelligence and how can it be developed?

While IQ is the measurement of the capacity to acquire and apply knowledge, EQ is the capacity to know and manage one’s emotions, to channelize emotions in service of goals. It’s empathy and being able to recognize emotions in others and to effectively handle relationships.

Because of their connection to behavior, emotions impact every area of life: health, learning, achievement, and relationships. Managing feelings well and recognizing and responding effectively to the feelings of others enables children to lead happy and productive lives and to master habits of mind that contribute to personal and career success. We all, parents and educators, must nurture emotional intelligence in the same caring way we nurture IQ.

Most people are simply unaware of the implications and impact of emotions on health, learning, behavior and relationships. The research is rich with examples, but the end result is that people with more highly developed emotional competence have better health, do better at learning, exhibit behavior that is contributing and pro-social, and are able to establish more meaningful, longer lasting relationships. With all this standing in its favor the development of EQ is as important as the consideration of IQ particularly when its contribution to academic performance and intellectual growth are so vital.

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Failure is not Bad

Everybody wants their child to do well……no doubt about it.

This is probably an instinct that goes all the way back to the Stone Age. I can imagine how proud the cave parents must have been, when they saw junior return from the hunt with the biggest rabbit. After all, he is a chip off the old block…right. So proud.

Parents live for their children’s success. And nowadays instead of rabbits it is games & music. The more, the better. Cricket team, Soccer club, Piano classes, Dance academy, Martial arts training, Tennis coaching, the list is endless.

Playing out of state, playing with older kids, and doing exceptionally well at school all add to the bonus points.

I think its all great, but we seem to have forgotten that winning is just half the process in any game. Winning is so overrated these days, that we cannot comprehend failure of our child. As terrible as it sounds, it is true.

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Failing has such a bad reputation that we do not want to talk about it. It is really easy to find out the result of any game after it is over, by looking at the parents who drive back home with their children. The silence in the car is so thick; you could cut it with a knife. The message is clear, though no words are spoken, all the equipment, coaching, long hours…..down the drain.

I cannot imagine what the child must be going though at this point.

We seem to believe if our kids always succeed, they will always succeed. I continually see parents who are willing to do anything to make sure their child doesn’t fail.

The truth is, if we want our children to be successful, they have to know how to fail and how to respond to failure. Everyone is going to get knocked down sooner or later. My fear is too many of today’s kids won’t know how to get up.

Failure will make them strong; give them the attitude to respect success and the will to fight back again.

So its O.K. to fail. One day they will thank their parents for this important lesson.

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School Councellor’s Message

Being a first full time school counselor it has been a novel experience working with the little ones so far… they can sometimes be quirky, have short attention spans, and be rather difficult to reason with. They can also inject humour into the session and can be adorable little brats when they realise they can learn to manipulate the situation.

We all have insecurities within us and it usually implies that there is a weakness, a flaw which is the opposite of secure and in general brings our functional levels down. It can extend to this feeling of needing acceptance within and often children won’t communicate this – where in they want themselves to be “closed off for protection”.

As a counselor I create a safe emotional space where I can encourage and help facilitate my counsellees to view that very insecurity as vulnerability which would translate to be the same emotion on a different spectrum. It has more implications where one can afford to be more open to taking risks and investing emotionally without worrying about getting hurt in the process of discovery. The aim is learn emotional immunity in the long run.

Again it’s within the response that we either grow or allow ourselves to become emotionally injured by something, someone or an experience.

Learning to accept the full range of human emotions is vital. We are beings that have polarities within us. We have joy, we have rage. We have bliss, we have bitterness. We have insecurities, we have vulnerabilities, we have fears, and we have courage. So if we look at ourselves as having polarities (like night and day, summer and winter) it’s all very natural to go through each emotion, but it is the response and the action taken that is going to either nurture growth or not.

Mindfulness is a great way to learn to balance the ups and the downs. Opening up to experiencing the emotion without judgement is a valuable tool and can be a very strong life tool that I have been working on with my children in the past few months here.

Our students through being the source of stress can also be great stress relievers. Their energy and humour are rather infectious. So this school year remember to look for the cute side of your little monsters. Their claws aren’t scary all the time.

A warm smile
Kavita A.
The School Counsellor at Vydehi.

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Admission Form for School

Admissions Open for the Academic Year 2015 – 2016 at Vydehi School of Excellence.
Student seeking admission to the Vydehi School of Excellence has to fill and submit an application on the prescribed form,which can be downloaded on our website.
Admissions are open throughout the year subject to availability of seats. You can download admission form for school

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Few Important and Helpful Guidelines for Selecting the top CBSE Schools in Bangalore

It is a tough task for every parent to select the best CBSE school in metropolitan cities like Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, and other cities in India. Choosing the best among the top schools can be an extremely crucial decision.

It is important that you take the proper school environment into consideration in the present day household scenario. Most of the working parents don’t have enough time to spend with their kids. They are relying on schools for better education as well as guidance. However, there are several educational institutions coming up with offering good education with personality development. They also follow the perfect education curriculum and becoming extremely popular.

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With many top rated CBSE Schools, how can you decide on the best? Here are some helpful tips and guidelines that can be fruitful.

School Location and ambiance

Schools in Bangalore attract students from different locations with completely different cultures. The school should be located in conveniently and also offer you the peaceful ambiance.

There are several top CBSE schools in Bangalore have come up in beautiful locations. These schools have open spaces, boarding facilities with top class standards. Food served to the students is tasty and nutritious. On the other hand, schools should also have medical services for all emergencies.

Know about Teaching Faculties and curriculum

You can see course curriculum varies from one school to the other. Schools should have efficient and well educated faculties, who can guide students in a right way. They should be ready to offer special guidance to the students who were lagging.

Knowing about the extra-curricular activities offered

It is important that the school offers extra-curricular activities. Schools following a proper timetable for extra-curricular activities will have activities like science fests, inter-school competitions, sports tournaments, dancing, music and art, creative writing, etc.

If you are looking the for the top CBSE schools in Bangalore, make sure that you have done enough research, if possible online to gather enough information before looking into admission.

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