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Project tittle: SPECIAL KINDERGARTEN NO 245

SPECIAL KINDERGARTEN NO 245

DESCRIPTION OF THE HOSTING ORGANISATION:

Our kindergarten is a specialized institution that takes care of visually impaired children from 3 to 6 years of age. At present there are 54 children with various visual defects in our kindergarten. They are divided into 4 age groups: 3-year-olds, 4-yearolds, 5-year-olds and 6-year-olds.

Apart from the didactic and educational functions our kindergarten also fulfils prophylactic and therapeutic functions. We perform oculist diagnoses and provide visual treatment for our children. Such treatment is particularly important in case of small children whose eyeball muscles are still very elastic and easy to be changed. That is why orthoptic and pleoptic therapy

in the kindergarten brings very good results. We provide oculist treatment for children who have been diagnosed with different visual defects, squint eye or lazy eye. Our oculist tests children, diagnoses them and prescribes appropriate optic exercise.

This exercise is then carried out under the supervision and with the assistance of the orthoptic specialist. We have a well-equipped room in which children under professional supervision perform their orthoptic exercise using specialist equipment. We also provide professional psychological, logopedic and educational therapy. Our specialists take care that the progress of childrens' abilities is both harmonious and homogenous. After this kind of treatment children can successfully carry on learning at school.

Apart from regular activities we also organize extra activities, e.g. musical lessons, gymnastic, art, dancing, English and dog therapy classes. In our kindergarten function three following work-rooms: art, computer (IT) and the room of empirical nature observations. Using these work-rooms children have a possibility to extend their knowledge and experience in a much wider range. Especially arranged rooms give our children also an opportunity to have some fun and enjoy what they do. Additionally, we organise music concerts and theatrical performances for our children that take place in our institution once a month. In May and June we offer also a special course of adaptation to the kindergarten environment for new children and their parents.

The people who work in the kindergarten are well-prepared professionals: special pedagogues for visually impaired children,

psychologist, logopedic specialist, instructor of sensory intergation, educator specialist, etc. There is also an oculist who diagnoses children and prescribes adequate treatment for them, as well as an orthoptic specialist who takes care of this treatment in our everyday care system. Of course there are supporting and assistance staff members working in our institution.

Such include teacher assistants, janitors, kitchen workers, keepers and administrative personnel.