It was 5th October 2008 we reached Wichita. On 6th October we toured around the entire Heartspring Center with Kristina. We were overwhelmed to see such a huge building appropriate for the children with autism spectrum disorder.
Learning started from the very next day. We learned that structure in the classes is of outmost importance along with the specific teaching procedures (TEAACH, ABA) for the children on the spectrum which we would want to apply with our children at our center. We visited a couple of sheltered workshops for the adults with disabilities working at their own work stations independently. We gathered lot of information along with great ideas that would benefit our children also. Most important learning was to respect our children. We learnt about the different strategies of behavior modification and communication that can be implement in our center (Action For Autism) accordingly.
The exchange program was very helpful to us. It was a good learning experience for us.
Preeti Siwach & Jayati Ghosh
Action For Autism