The Orchid School, located at Baner, Pune was started by Pradnya Niketan Education Society is a co-educational and inclusive school. The school has a Resource Room for children with special needs. The school has a very open environment where the child can flourish.
Animal Assisted Therapy program was conducted for a section of the special need children from the resource room. We work with children with Down’s syndrome, Autism, mental retardation, speech impairment and physical disability.
Therapy dog Mimi was the visiting therapy dog for the school with Mr. Bhattacharya. Animal Therapist Minal Kavishwar and Tejashree Mujumdar conducted the therapy sessions along with volunteer Shonita Joshi who assists in documentation.
The sessions were attended by special educators Radharani and Madhuri Gokhale of the Resource Room. The teachers and special educators saw tremendous progress in the children since Mimi started visiting. Special educator Radharani said that she was moved when she saw how Therapy Mimi had helped them to get a breakthrough with some children with whom she have been working for over 2 years without any significant change.
The Orchid School, Baner Road, Pune