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What We Do

Physical Medicine and Rehabiliation Center

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Mission:

Our mission is to deliver the care needed for all children to reach their maximum physical potential from injury.

Vision:

Our vision is Physio group sets the standard for pediatric physiotherapy, and is renowned globally for making physio ENJOYABLE


Values
  • Empathy – the foundation of compassionate healthcare professionals
  • Quality – the foundation of evidence-based, whole-patient treatment
  • Integrity – the foundation of trust and authenticity
  • Performance – the foundation of healthy patients
  • Innovation – the foundation of outstanding personal results
  • Commitment – the foundation of engagement and leadership

Occupational Therapy

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Select activities that will help individuals learn work and life-management skills within limits of their mental and physical capabilities.

Speech & Language Therapy

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Speech and Language therapy programme is designed to improve speech/language and communication skills of children with special needs and dysphagia management.


Aims and Objectives
  • To improve speech , Language and communication skills
  • To improve eating, drinking and swallowing skills (Dysphagia Management)
  • To manage challenging behaviours
  • To improve cognitive skills
  • To enhance non- verbal communication
  • To make children with special needs independent as much as possible
  • To improve their quality of life

National Autism Management Programme

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The National Autism Management centre at SERRIC was declared opened by the Hon. State Minister of Defense Mr. Ruwan Wijayawardhana on 30th June 2016.


Aims and Objectives
  • To encourage early detection of ASD
  • To provide early intervention
  • To enhance communication, social interaction, thoughts and behaviour
  • To make children with ASD independent as much as possible
  • To increase their quality of life
  • To lead them towards inclusive society

This programme includes 5 sections
  • Section for Behaviour Management
  • Section for Art and Craft and motor skills development
  • Section for Speech , Language and communication
  • Section for educational therapy programmes
  • Section for group activities, play and multisensory programmes

Teams Involved
  • Head of The section: Lt. PVII Jayawardhana (Speech & Language Therapist)
  • Teachers: Pte: De Zoysa HSN, Pte: Kumarasinghe KACM
  • Classroom Assistant: Cpl sanjeewani HHD

Programmes for children
  • Assessment and evaluation ( in each 6 months- on going assessment ,monitoring and evaluation)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Educational Therapy (based on IEPs which were designed after proper assessment of children and by following general government syllabus and standardized teacher guidance books for children with disabilities)
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Art and Craft
  • Behaviour management
  • Gardening
  • Play
  • Sensory integration
  • Generalized activities (to enhance inclusion)

Programmes for parents
  • Individual Discussions
  • Group discussions and case presentations (MDT involved, video recorded therapeutic sessions analysis , discussion about the progress and future plans)
  • Providing reading materials (leaflets and booklets, sharing videos)
  • Training programmes for parents- by external resource persons

Programmes for teachers
  • Case discussions- weekly
  • Knowledge sharing programmes ( by internal resource persons)
  • Training programmes -once a month (by external resource persons)
  • Providing reading materials

Early Intervention Unit

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For all infants born into the world, whatever the difference between anatomy and physiology the infant has a right to cross the world. But nature has endowed the world with challenges.


Consists of:
  • Language and speech therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Water Therapy
  • Multiple sensory stimuli
  • Relaxation therapy

To present to you a perfect child with a wide variety of talents, under the supervision of the Army Hospital, the Department of Health, pediatricians and specialists of the Lady Ridgeway Children's Hospital, teachers with local and foreign university training, trained nurses in the care of children with special needs, we are united in our commitment to the well-being of all other Sri Lankans, including members of the Armed Forces, who have taken up the responsibility of the country. We present this to the world as another effort of the army that have shouldered the responsibility of the country.

Hydrotherapy

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Hydrotherapy is one of the most important therapies in the physical therapy unit. This is a very suitable treatment for a country like Sri Lanka. The reason is the abundance of water in almost any part of Sri Lanka.

When using water as a treatment, children are actively participating for it and gaining treatments. Therefore, this treatment refreshes the mind and reduces stress. The basic principle used in this water treatment is the uplift thrust, which is a unique quality in water.


Children who have difficulty in walking can easily walk in the pool as their feet can be easily lifted against gravity due to the upward thrust of the water. In general, we can change the direction of water flow in our institute's pool from different angles. Some devices have been designed to increase the speed and direction of the child to the speed of water. This involves performing the kinetic exercises of the legs.

Senehasa Educational Resource Research and Information Center Hydrotherapy Unit, which operates under the full supervision of the Scientific and Physiotherapists of the University of Peradeniya and the Colombo Medical Faculty. We practices, ‘ Halliwick Methods of Hydrotherapy ‘ which is one of the most successful treatments through the basic principles.

Aesthetic Therapy

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Aesthetic as a therapeutic approach to children with special needs at senehasa special education centre’s services aimed at developing children with special needs into creative children, identifying and developing their innate talents, developing psychic skills, developing creative publishing arts, developing self-concepts and developing social skills is the main purpose of this unit.


Aesthetic skills will be developed in several ways such as,
  • Singing
  • Instrumental playing
  • Drama therapy

Assistive Aids and Information Technology

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Information Technology is something special to a child who is being educated under a special learning needs and teaching process. Implementation of technologies in special education allows simplifying the communication and improve the academic skills of students with disabilities. Senehasa Educational Center meets all the needs of all children and direct them to an inclusive society. In the course of this inclusive journey, we will continue to educate our children in the best of computer knowledge and achieve mental wellbeing. The computer unit of the Senehasa focuses on developing the child's math skills and language skills through computer games and video aided teaching activities. Also we focus on their special needs and try to address them through the new technological methods.

Multi Sensory Approach

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Everyone needs sensory stimulation in order to comprehend the world around them. The only way we can get information in to our brains is through our senses. There are some children who have difficulties in sensory processing which usually can be observed from their behavior.

Sensory processing Disorder or SPD (also called Sensory Integration Dysfunction) is a neurological disorder in which the sensory information that the individual perceives results in abnormal responses. Sensory processing disorders usually associate with certain number of disorders such as ADHD, anxiety disorders and ASD. There are 3 categories of sensory processing disorder such as Sensory Modulation Disorder, Sensory Based Motor Disorder and Sensory Discrimination Disorder. The children with Sensory processing disorder shows some signs such as dislike of textures such as those found in fabrics, sickness or threat induced by normal sounds, lights, movements, smells, tastes, seeking or making loud noises, fidgeting, impulsiveness and etc. These signs and behaviours may interrupt their attention, social interaction, communication, education and other day to day activities.

As current studies have proven that the Sensory processing therapy and sensory integration therapy play a major role when doing intervention for the children with Sensory processing Disorder.


Aims and objectives
  • Relaxation
  • Behaviour management and sensory integration
  • To manage Emotions and memories.
  • Developing self-confidence. Self-control.
  • Promoting decision-making.
  • Establishing good communications: understanding, description, relationships, lived experiences, etc.
  • Responding to changing stimuli (visual, tactile, proprioceptive, etc.)
  • Maintaining rhythm and movement with music and visual support.
  • Incentivizing the exploration of children's creative abilities.
  • Reducing changes and behavioural disturbances.
  • Increasing attention span, concentration, anticipation, etc.
  • Recognizing persons and objects.
  • Improving memory and visual interpretation.
  • Improving psycho-motor skills, Exploration of the environment, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills
  • Getting to know own bodies.

Pediatric Dental Unit

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Dentists diagnose and treat dental issues and help patients develop better oral hygiene regimens. They clean teeth, correct bite issues, perform surgeries and extractions, and perform other duties to ensure that the teeth and mouth are healthy.

Daily Living Skills

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Senehasa Educational Resources Research & Information Center with a vision to move towards an inclusive society full participation in equality through the cultivation of spiritual virtues. Specialties that perform a number of tasks, not just a school and direct intervention for children with special needs.

All interventions go through different ranges and simply to raise a child in society as an independent person, we create the daily life skills unit at the center and its activities under various age groups.


Consists of
  • Planning individual activities that require a child to function independently.
  • Guidance needed to meet daily needs.
  • Guidance on day-to-day household activities. There are many tasks that need to be worked out.

All the training required for a child to perform their activities alone at home as a well-experienced person is done under the Daily Life Skills Unit at our center. Our specialty is that make all the interventions needed to make a special needs child rise up to be an independent person in society as a successful person.

Vocational Training

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We are conducting trainings for selected suitable occupation for the special needs students with gross, motor and fine motor in Senehasa special education centre in order to encourage them to engage in occupation after completing age 16.

Student selections will be done according to the special needs of the students. Meanwhile our objective is to free them from dependent mentally and convert dependent into independent earners.

Research Methodology and Project

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Senehasa Education Resource Research and Information Centre (SEERIC) RESEARCH SECTION strives with the aim of guiding children with special needs towards inclusive education while creating a solid support system for them in the community. In the Research Section extended its services island-wide, as ‘SENEHASA GAMATA’ outreach programme, to accommodate the growing national need. We completed seven districts as AMPARA, ANURADHAPURA, POLONNARUWA, RATHNAPURA, MONARAGALA, TRINCOMALEE & KANDY.As well as SERRIC Research section for those children with special needs in remote areas with the goal of providing them with well-planned intervention programmes to enhance their quality of life.

Large number of children with special needs belonging to families of War Heroes were provided with one or more services and we were able to fulfill some essential requirements such as medical and therapeutic consultations, social services assistance and psychological counseling, and educational guidance, admission to schools and formal referrals to the nearest services during the programme itself.

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