Pam Hackett's First Visit to Mysore, India
In November 2008, PTS Managing Partner, Pam Hackett volunteered at the Beautiful Gate Special School in Mysore, India. During her visit, she provided direct physical therapy services to students at the school as well as intensive teacher inservices on Motor Development, Sensory Integration, Autism, and Integrating Sensory Motor Activities for Learning. She worked closely with the administrators of the school to develop individualized education plans and progress monitoring tools to help improve communication and instruction.
She and the teachers also created center-based learning centers in the classrooms, where learning could be combined with therapeutic sensory and motor activities.
"The trip was a life-changing experience," says Hackett. "I am hoping to return to India again next November to continue our work there."
PTS is working with the school to implement a remote consultation service, where PTS therapists in the US can volunteer to consult on a specific student using internet based video conferencing.
About Beautiful Gate Special School – Mysore, India
BGSS is a school dedicated solely to the education of children with special needs and their families. Children who attend the school have a range of disabilities, including mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and autism. Prior to attending BGSS, most were confined in their homes and had few opportunities for intellectual or social development.
Countless children throughout India are lacking even the most basic educational services due to barriers such as extreme poverty, social policy, cultural stigma, and the caste system. Although the school’s founders are Christians, the doors of Beautiful Gate School are open to children of all faiths. BGSS strives to create an environment that fosters respect for individual differences and celebrates the unique strengths of each child.
BGSS serves as a model for other schools by training teachers, empowering parents, and demonstrating that these “special” children have tremendous potential. By offering these children the opportunity to learn and grow, BGSS is setting a new standard for educating children with disabilities in India.
Visit Beautiful Gate Special School on the web at: http://www.bgssindia.org
About Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS)
Pediatric Therapeutic Services (PTS) Inc. provides advanced therapy staffing solutions to school districts, charter schools, and early intervention programs. The organization integrates comprehensive therapy management with related services and program supports to streamline operations, reduce costs, and improve classroom performance.
PTS was included on Inc. Magazine's list of the 5,000 fastest-growing, private companies in America and ‘Philadelphia’s 100 Fasting Growing Companies’ for 2007. In November of 2009, The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce named PTS recipient of its Customer Service of the Year Award. In both 2009 and 2010, PTS was named an American Business Awards ‘Stevie Award for Women in Business’ Finalist for Best Overall Service Business in the USA.
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