Bal Chetna, our Respite Home and Day-care facility for mentally challenged children was established in 2002. The impetus to start a programme for mentally challenged children was three-fold:
- Increasing numbers of mentally challenged children abandoned at PalnaTM
- Surveys done by DCCW's crèche workers in the neighbourhoods in which they
worked indicated that there was a high proportion of children with mental
disabilities who were not getting the attention they needed.
- An increasing number of children with cerebral palsy and children with multiple disabilities had started to come to the Orthopaedic Centre for help and advice.
Today, Bal Chetnacomprises residentialfacilities for homeless mentally challenged infants at PalnaTM ,as well as day care facilities for children from economically backward families at:
- The Orthopaedic Centre, Janakpuri, South West Delhi
- New Seemapuri, East Delhi
- Nithari, North West Delhi
- Sultanpuri North West Delhi
- Physiotherapy / Occupational Therapy
- Music Therapy / Play Therapy
- Special Education
- Speech Therapy
- Vocational Training
- Psychological Evaluation
- Parents’ Meetings and Counselling
- Home Training Programme
- Midday meal and Supplementary Nutrition
At the Orthopaedic Centre, a ‘Dream Garden’ was created for Bal Chetnachildren with a make-believe zoo, milk booth, traffic signal, bus-stop and a fruit and vegetable vending booth, to provide practical lessons of everyday life to the children.
Parents are required to attend the day care programme once a week to help with the sessions and more importantly, to learn the routine so that they can follow it at home. The multi-specialty team at Bal Chetna are constantly improvising teaching aids and techniques to provide a variety of stimuli to the children. Bal Chetnachildren now participate in sports meets and can put together a simple dry lunch. They act in plays, dance and sing in celebration of all the major festivals.
It is a matter of pride for us at DCCW that several children from Bal Chetnahave been integrated into mainstream schools and institutes for advanced courses in vocational training.
Each centre has about 30 children. By providing individualised and specialised care,Bal Chetnafacilitates the stimulation and development of special needs children, with the objective of making each child as self-reliant, competent and communicative as is possible. Services offered at Bal Chetna: