“The garden has been designed with a difference taking into account the needs of the special children,” Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde said.
This school built a sensory park for children with special needs ( Representative Image)
This school built a sensory park for children with special needs
In a bid to help kids with special needs, Thane (Mumbai) school has recently developed a unique sensory garden.
The idea behind coming up with this kind of a garden was to help stimulate the four major senses in these kids.
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On the occasion, Thane Mayor Meenakshi Shinde, who inaugurated the sensory garden at the Jidd Special School, in a recent PTI report said, “The garden has been designed with a difference taking into account the needs of the special children.”
Furthermore, the garden mainly focuses on developing the four senses:
Olfactory (sense of smell)
Sense of touch – in a child
“It will help in stimulating the senses of a child. For example, there are sand pits, pathways made up of gravels, wooden flooring, flowing water set up and grass that simulate the senses,” Head Mistress Archana Shete said.
More on the report:
It took around six months to develop the special garden
The authorities are mulling to set up more such facilities in the city for special children
“The children in the school will be imparted training so as to bring them into the mainstream and the effort should be to make them self-reliant,” Thane Mayor added.
Meanwhile, as reported in a recent Scroll report, in 2003-’04, 1.7 million special-needs children were enrolled in school. In 2014-’15, the figure had increased to 2.5 million, an increase of 47 per cent over 11 years.