It was in Oct 2012 when Jay was diagnosed to be on the Autism spectrum. He was 18 months then. We were shocked, confused, worried, directionless and so much more. While running from therapy to intervention, one expert to another it was by sheer chance that we attended a talk in South Mumbai which talked about an upcoming specialized school supported by the Aditya Birla Group.
That is when our journey with the school began.
TABIS has become an important part of our lives. It is a place Jay is happy and excited to go to everyday. It is the place where he is welcomed as ‘Sunshine’. The entire team from Dr. Marker, Piya Maam, Ms. Giselle, the teachers, the mausis and the other school staff work day in day out to make it a place where the kids feel safe, loved, wanted and learn at their own pace.
Dealing with special needs kids is not easy. Like us parents, it has been a learning curve for all of us including the school. The amazing part of this journey is the zeal to keep improving all the time for the getting the best out of the children with a regular open-minded exchange of ideas between the school and the parents. There has been a constant effort to adapt various strategies to keep Jay settled and maximize his learning while also sometimes giving us ideas on what to do at home.
Dr. Marker has been exceptional in leading the school for all these years. He pays personal attention to all the children and gives invaluable and balanced guidance both as an educationalist and a medical practitioner. The combination of medication and strategies has been the foundation of the progress we have made with Jay.
The school organizes lots of events to harness the potential of the children and showcase their abilities. We remember that in one of the annual day events Jay skated on the stage as a part of the act. Even the picnics, fairs and sports day have a lot of thought process put in. Recently the school has started these workshops for parents where various strategies / opportunities are discussed.
No one knows what the future holds, but with TABIS we are sure that we heading in the right direction, one step at a time.