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September Flashback
The Gateway Blog Page
This month, the blog page on our website was renewed and opened up to the whole Gateway family, including parents and team members, or those who work in any capacity with children with needs. The aim is to provide a safe space to express themselves freely, share personal stories and experiences, inspire and encourage others, and create a community to provide strength and support. The blog was kickstarted with a piece by our founder, Indira Bodani, with her heartfelt story as a mother of a child with difficulties, and having an anchor in her family to help her through the challenges she's faced. We've had more parents contribute their personal stories since then. 
To send in your stories, write to us at:
blogs@gatewayschoolmumbai.org
Check out our Blog page here

Parent Engagement
Building Capacity in Parents

"Sharing our stories" at the Parent Support Group meeting
We had two very special guests join us for this session. The first guest was Shalini Sawhny, the mum of a child with needs living in the Netherlands. She used to write a blog and shared with us how she used writing as a strategy to support her and reflect on what was happening with her son. The second guest was Heeru Bhojwani who is a writer/blogger and is also the librarian at American School of Bombay (ASB). Heeru took us through a writing activity to get us started on our writing journey! We hope that through this session our team and parents will start writing and sharing their stories and journeys on our blog page!

Student Spotlight
Building Capacity in Students

Guest Lecturers in High School Classes

Manish Alagh, student Saisha’s father, works for Kotak life Insurance and graciously accepted our invite to be a guest lecturer for a Business Studies class. He explained a chapter on "Insurance and its various types" to our NIOS 10th Students.

In order to make learning more real life and meaningful, we invited Dr. Meena Narayan and Gateway school’s Nurse Madhavi to be guest speakers for our unit on “Health, Hygiene and Safety” in the High School Adaptive Program. Students had an opportunity to practice the skills of interacting with a doctor, communicating symptoms and wearing and removing a mask. They also looked at first aid kit items and their uses, and understood basic first aid procedures. 

The NIOS 12th students are covering the topic of self-employed professionals and small businesses as part of Business Studies. We invited Tejal Mathur who is not only one of our parents but also an accomplished interior designer to share her journey as a self-employed professional and small business owner of “Tejal Mathur Design”. She shared the road from setup to the success of her small business. Through this lecture, the student gained more clarity on the topic and received insights about catering to different clients, how detailed contracts are created and why they are crucial, and building great teams. The conversations with the students also empowered them to reflect on some vital life lessons regarding focus, hard work, and commitment. 

Professional Development
Building Capacity in the Team

Gateway Teachers Attend Workshops and Webinars

Yesha Doshi attended a webinar series of 4 days organised by the International Teachers Guide. The webinars topics were “Humour in the classroom”, “Keys to engage students with special needs in the classroom”, “Reaching out to your children” and “Engaging preschool classrooms”. She is keen on incorporating her learnings into classes at Gateway!

High school teacher, Akshita Jeswani, completed a 7 week professional development program conducted by the Cambridge Assessment International Education called "Cambridge IGCSE ICT Extension Course". The focus of the course was on understanding key themes and challenges in IGCSE ICT, understanding and applying the mark scheme, and creating lesson plans centred on active learning strategies to maximise student engagement and learning.

Outreach and Community Engagements
Building Capacity in the Community

Gateway’s Virtual Professional Development Programme (PDP) 

The third month of our virtual PDP included sessions on “Language development”, “Executive Function”, “Vocabulary instruction” and “Supporting kids with sensory processing disorders - movement and learning”. 

Webinars at Gateway

“Screen Time and Behavior - How to Navigate through the New Normal”

For this webinar, we invited expert speakers in the field of Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Optometry and Vision Therapy to share some practical solutions to help children cope with screen time during this global pandemic, and a perspective on how sensory difficulties, vision related problems and nutrition can shape what we see as behaviour difficulties
Our expert speakers included:
Dr. Fran Reinstein, O.D has been practicing Optometry since her graduation from SUNY State College of Optometry in 1991. She also served as President of the Optometric Society of the City of New York for 10 years. Dr. Reinstein has lectured extensively on infant and pediatric vision. 
Lindsey Biel, M.A.,  OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist with a private practice in New York City where she evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and young adults with sensory processing issues, developmental delays, autism spectrum disorders, and other challenges. 
Kelly Dorfman, M.S., LND is a licensed clinical nutritionist that specializes in targeted nutrition therapy to address complex medical problems.She is on the advisory board of the Gateway School of Mumbai and teaches at Johns Hopkins University as an adjunct faculty member.

Watch The Whole Webinar Here!
"Molecular Biology and Neuroscience: An Overview of Epilepsy & Autism"
Dr. Orrin Devinsky, MD, is a Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine, where he directs the Epilepsy Center. His epilepsy research includes autism, genetic epilepsies and their treatment, healthful behavioral changes, quality-of-life and surgical therapy.
In this webinar, Dr. Devinsky took us through the science behind cognitive and behaviour dysfunction, risk factors for Autism Spectrum Disorder, co-morbid disorders, and the evolving medical treatments for Autism and Epilepsy.
Click Here To Watch The Webinar on Youtube!

Gateway Community Updates

Zoom Coffee with Parents!
Our second "Coffee with Parents" zoom session included updates on various topics ranging from construction, communication and academic updates. This included an allotted duration for questions from parents as well. We look forward to having more virtual coffee sessions in the coming months!

Virtual Internships

This month, we had four interns with us from Hashu Advani College of Special Education and one from I Am A Teacher (IAAT) who observed virtual classes during the course of their internship.

Pallavi Vairagade mentored by Mariam Munir

Navdha Kapur mentored by Sanjana Nisar

Jitendra Jagawat mentored by Radhika Chandrasekaran

Shamika Kulkarni mentored by Aditi Khanna

Onita Bachani mentored by Prerna Dharamdasani

Monthly SE Article

Each month, the Social Emotional Learning team sends an article or video to the Gateway team and Parents.
This month’s team article was on the differences between Punishment and Consequences. 
The article sent to parents was "Self-Care Strategies for Parents". 

Read The Article on Punishment and Consequences Here!
Watch the Video on Self-Care Strategies Here!

Monthly Nutrition Article

Kelly Dorfman is one of the world’s foremost experts on using nutrition therapeutically to improve brain function, energy and mood.  She works collaboratively with other medical professionals to help people develop creative strategies to address complex ailments and symptoms. This month’s article is on "Fat - A moment in the mouth, Forever in the brain”.
 

Click Here To Read The Article On "Fat - A moment in the mouth, forever in the brain"

The Gateway Community Choir presents their first song

The Gateway Community Choir consists of current and ex students, teachers and their families. This initiative aims to bring our community together to celebrate our love for music! In a time where we are separated by distance, our first song “Imagine” by John Lennon,  reminds us to be hopeful and imagine the time when we will all be together once again.

Gateway Community Choir Sings "Imagine"

Welcome

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our newest team members at Gateway.

Kandice Caeiro - Homeroom Teacher
Sapna Shekar - Homeroom Teacher
We are happy to have you on board with us!

Farewell

Homeroom Teacher, Rajpriya Das will be leaving Gateway due to personal reasons. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours. 

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