Case stories of lives transformed
Every one of our students teaches us how we can overcome any hurdle in life. These are some of their stories.
We shall overcome
Stories of personal transformation and courage
Saurabh was taken under Kshitij’s wings in 2017, from the BMC school for ‘special’ children. In spite of being on anti-epileptic medication, he learned stencil painting, block printing, and chocolate making, with training and guidance. The pandemic proved a setback for him. He became slow and lost his confidence. We learned he had been prescribed anti-anxiety medication and worked with his doctors to taper his dosage. He was also provided counseling and support in communication. With timely intervention, Saurabh is today a confident young man.
Barun joined Kshitij in 2014 facing multiple challenges like autism, myopathy, Brugada syndrome, and cardiac arrest at a young age. Fond of sports, music, and movies, Barun can recall accurately the names of movies, star casts, directors, singers, etc. With training and patient guidance at Kshitij, Barun has learned beading, painting diyas, and making envelopes and paper bags. Persistent use of our visual schedules has brought about a major improvement in his anxiety levels. Barun now loves a good laugh and eagerly awaits attending our workplace!
"Vikram is a Hindi movie buff, a big Shahrukh and Salman Khan fan," says his sister. Vikram joined Kshitij in 1997 as one of the founders’ wards. Here, he learned to communicate effectively, fine-tuning his motor skills and creative abilities. This has helped him carry out his daily tasks with greater ease. Today his biggest achievement is to travel by himself in a taxi to Kshitij or to his friend’s place. He shops on his own, buys household items, and handles money to pay for purchases.
Niren joined Kshitij in 1997 as one of the founders’ wards. Over this period he has specialized in block printing. His father playing a pivotal role as his primary companion, came as a shock to Niren when his father passed away. Sad and lonely, he started grieving in front of his photograph. With counseling, he found a safe space to express his grief. A combined effort by the counselor, teacher, and his mother, kept Niren engaged in daily activities thereby reducing his idle time and negative thoughts. Over time he learned to manage his feelings. He no longer views his father’s photograph with grief. Rather, he seeks his blessings every day!
Reshma came to Kshitij in 2001. After the combined efforts of teachers and her family, she is well-adjusted to her daily life and the activities at Kshitij. She participates in making gift articles, memorabilia and stationery items. She is friendly with others and works very well. She loves to dance and her speciality is doing the Naagin dance (snake dance), which she performs full of joy and enthusiasm, even if there is no music!