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MBCN Back To Happiness After Summer Vacations

MBCN Back To Happiness After Summer Vacations

What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace. – Ellen Goodman

We are just back to school from a holiday break after ticking our bucket list on which featured the endless fun ideas to spend our summer time. The tans are to fade soon but the memories we have brought with us are going to last longer. We are cherishing every moment as we have returned back to the knowledge-filled classes. We are not saying all this. These are the words affirmed by the faces of the special children of Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN).

 Back to School Means Back to Happiness

As the pleasant morning sun cut through the window panes on 18th of July, children stormed into the classrooms and rushed towards their seats. The classrooms were filled with chaos as well as enthusiasm… for the session ahead and MBCN came #BackToHappiness yet again.

Their holiday homework copies were full and the great feeling of coming back was well evident on their faces. Here, they are nurtured via special educators who are second mothers to them who missed them and were surprised to find them equally eager to return back the emotions while showing exuberance towards learning new things. The two-month long vacation worked magic and everybody seemed ready to take on the new session with a bang. The children came refreshed from the break while our special educators had gained fresh perspective, energy and food for thought from a rigorous teachers’ training programme.

Joy and happiness knew no bounds on the reopening day for the Principal and Director of MBCN, Dr. Vandana Sharma. She shared her feelings saying, “We are looking forward to meeting the children. It is a very emotional and happy moment for parents, for children and for the teachers that we are meeting after two months. We are filled with new energy and our team is waiting for the kids. Even the children along with their parents are eagerly looking forward to meeting their teachers and friends. They are curious to know what surprise the teachers have in store for them this time and what all different ways they will employ in teaching them new things.’

Vacations are the best time to promote creativity, strengthen relationships, relieve stress, sleep more, enhance memory and build lasting memories. Therefore, MBCN welcomes its special students after holidays to start afresh.

Learn Yoga from the Differently-abled at MBCN

Learn Yoga from the Differently-abled at MBCN

We have talked about several interventions and rehabilitation methods to empower the differently-abled and integrate them with the mainstream. But, all talks of offering special education and treatment therapies may turn futile if learning is not made fun for children. It is believed that our senses are able to grasp more if the lessons are interesting, and are imparted through visuals. And, for education with entertainment, the best way to teach is through the extra-curricular activities.

Yoga is not just an extracurricular activity but a therapy that addresses the learning and developmental limitations in people with special needs. It is generally used for addressing such challenges like Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Sensory Processing Disorders. This therapy has several physiological, cognitive, socio-emotional and sensory-motor benefits.

At Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN), our charitable school for children with special needs, kids are taught through experiential learning to apply-

  • BREATH in improving self-control, modulation and supporting respiration for better language
  • MOVEMENT to enhance motor planning, balance, strength, co-ordination and flexibility
  • RELAXATION to de-stress and gain an attentive mind

Yoga offers therapeutic variations that go hand-in-hand with physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy to address specific disorders.

It demonstrates poses, breathing techniques and meditation to facilitate attention, relaxation and focus.

Read further about Yoga exercises for the union of body, mind and spirit.

Anulom Vilom Pranayam

It follows an alternate nostril breathing method. Close your nostrils alternatively through second and third fingers as well as the right hand thumb. Keep your palm in front of the face but above nose to breathe freely through nostrils. The exercise keeps us calm, and enhances memory and concentration. It is effective in ADHD.

Bhramri Pranayam

It involves breathing exercise while making a sound like buzzing bumblebee. It is effective in soothing nerves when facing behavioural problems like anxiety and restlessness. Invariably, it helps increase attention span, motor co-ordination and the capacity of learning and acting on instructions. This works wonders to cure ADHD and enable sensory processing in autistic kids.


It is mostly effective in curing ADHD by enhancing concentration.


Lie down on back while your feet are apart. Now, bend your knees and let your feet fell flat on the ground. Then, bring your palms under the shoulders with fingers pointing towards them. Thereafter, lift your head and shoulders off the floor while straightening your arms. Your body must look like a semi-circular arch. This is Chakrasana, the wheel pose that improves the body stance.


Dhanurasana has the same purpose. For this, you need to pose like a bow.


Sarvangasana is the shoulder stand pose which improves the circulation of blood and oxygen through our brain.

Yoga contributes a lot as a therapy for both physical and mental well-being of a differently-abled person. But, it is equally beneficial for all who go through slightest of the behavioural issues – anger, depression, anxiety.


Aditya and Happy: Defeating Autism and Inspiring Life at MBCN

Aditya and Happy: Defeating Autism and Inspiring Life at MBCN

Autism is not a processing error. It is a different operating system.

If you have no clue about Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder, then you must know that these terms are used interchangeably to describe a number of complex disorders. Autism can be considered a spectrum condition which goes back to the issues with brain development. Children with autism display repetitive behaviour, difficulties in non-verbal and verbal communication as well as problems in social interactions, attention and motor coordination.

When we talk about repetitive behaviour, we basically refer to repeating certain actions and over-indulgence in individual interests. A slight deviation from common routine upsets them. They lack social communication, therefore, make little eye contact and rarely look at or listen to other people. They get away with gestures, facial expressions and movements and can’t go with the uttered words.

Sensing the Sensitivity

Autistic people can experience under or over-sensitivity to touch, smell, sound, light, taste and colours. For instance, there are certain background sounds that other people ignore but the autistic people find it quite distracting and unbearably loud. This type of hypersensitivity may lead to anxiety and physical pain. Those who are hypo-sensitive, cannot feel pain and need to spin, flap or rock their hands in order to stimulate sensation, help with balancing and dealing with stress.  Therefore, it is difficult for them to even carry out the fine motor tasks, such as tying shoelaces.

However, it is their different abilities in which their strengths and abilities lie. Children with autism may have above-average intelligence, pay attention to detail and are strong auditory and visual learners. Since, autistic children go through a spectrum condition and not a disease, there is no particular cause behind autism. It is believed to occur due to certain environmental factors and autism risk genes that affect early brain development. These factors affect a child during birth or even before it.

MBCN Making a Difference

Such a child can seek help at a charitable school for special children, Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan (MBCN). Here, a child psychiatrist, a speech-language pathologist and a developmental paediatrician work together in training them to improve their communication, age-appropriate skills and brain development. Just pay attention to the numerous success stories here and you will know what we mean.

Aditya and Happy Fight Autism

Focus on the case of Aditya Mishra. A quite talented boy, Aditya was accepted under the Autistic Wing of MBCN. Teach him anything during an activity class and he catches up quick without delay. As you teach, he tries not to forget or miss out on any part. He remembers stories from the movies he has watched and memorises songs, bhajans, stuti and stotras in one go. He can recite the most difficult of stotras and songs without stuttering or fumbling. He just needs to listen once and is ready to surprise you with his memory and singing ability. This small wonder is a storehouse of energy and is always keen on learning new things.

Did you meet Aditya Anand Raj aka Happy from the Autistic Wing yet? Come to MBCN where you may find him busy sketching. He is brimming with creativity, hence, can draw anything which he can be asked for. Ask him to draw something and he will oblige you with his fingers running fast on paper. He can even get down to sketching with an abstract idea while enjoying his class activities. He also excels in studies and is really good at subjects including English, Maths and Hindi.

These two are stars shining bright every day at MBCN while disparaging the myth that being autistic reduces your mental abilities. Aditya and Happy are living examples who are overcoming all possible challenges and utilising their limitless possibilities. They inspire living to the world in their own unique ways.