working together with cooperation as well as collaborating each child's creativity
Dance Movement Psychotherapist ADMP UK & Clinical Psychologist)
Rashi Bijlani, the Director and course designer for Asha Hai, has a Masters in Dance Movement Psychotherapy from University of London which is registered with the ADMP-UK and is also a Clinical Psychologist. Her novel and unique vision of the society enables her to view the children with extra needs through a new lens. In keeping with her ideology, she is a consultant Dance Movement Psychotherapist at various centers for children in Delhi. Her experience as an accomplished Bharatnatyam dancer further confirms her confidence that dance and movement enhance the smooth interaction of the mind and body.
She has recently started her unique forum to bring together various professionals of the Creative Arts field, called the Centre for Dance Movement Psychotherapy (CDMP). Her therapies are not just limited to children but also to adolescents and adults with mental health issues and addiction. In her quest to diversify her work, Rashi is also conducting parenting and childcare workshops for parents.
Rashi has taken the initiative to promote and familiarize people with Dance Movement Psychotherapy as well. She has conducted various workshops in schools and colleges of New Delhi with an aim to make people aware of the usefulness and importance of dance in a therapeutic setting.
Director & Principal
Gunjan Bijlani has WORKED with preschool children in India and abroad. She is a trained Montessorian and truly believes that every child is equally intelligent and should be given an equal opportunity and a conducive environment where the child can self explore and create his/her own personality.
Gunjan has intermediately worked with children of special needs like Autism, Down-syndrome, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, MR & Cerebral Palsy in the past few years. The progress displayed by the children and the feedback received from the parents has given her the confidence to take on more such children, so as to benefit the vast majority of kids with special needs.
She strongly feels that a positive change can be brought about in a society where people are sensitive to the needs of the others. Hence, it is best to begin this sensitization from the preschool days in children.
M.Sc, B.Ed, PGD in Developmental Therapy, CRR No.A 44638
At AshaHai, our Developmental Therapist Mrs. Anu Gupta incorporate the functioning of occupational therapists (OT). Mrs Anu Gupta before joining us (Asha Hai), has worked with children in a Public School in New Delhi. She upgraded herself by undergoing a Post Graduate Diploma in Developmental Therapy of Delhi University. Thereafter, she worked with various NGOs to help the children with special needs. Here, Mrs. Anu was a part of the Committee which was responsible in developing early intervention programs for children with special needs to be included in preschool. Further, her work was not only limited to as a therapist, but also in developing methodologies (Holistic development), so that the children with special needs may get self-dependent to be included with the main stream school.
At AshaHai, our Developmental Therapist Mrs. Anu Gupta incorporates the functioning of occupational therapists (OT), speech and language pathologists (SLP), and physical therapists (PT) as well as other specialists (such as education or mental health) in her work with children to improve their functioning and relationships at home and at school. As a Developmental Therapist, her focus primarily shall be on helping children to learn how to stay engaged, to play with peers appropriately, develop their social- emotional capacities, and improve their communication skills.
She believes that total development of a child can be achieved, when children are engaged in some kind of play. Play helps children in functioning close to their optimal development. Play influences cognitive, social-emotional, language and communication, gross motor and fine motor development.
Mansi is a budding professional in the field of Psychology and holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Delhi. She has interned at Institute of Human behaviour and Allied sciences under the Psychology as well as Psychiatry department. She has also previously worked as a visiting Psychologist at old age homes and special schools. At present, she is a Clinical Psychologist at Asha Hai and a visiting Psychologist at our tie-up school- Shri Ram Early Year. She aims to understand the behaviour of children and help them overcome social and emotional barriers. Having specialised in providing pre-intervention services for families and children, she also caters to their developmental and mental health issues. She actively participates in sessions and therapies conducted for children and workshops held for mental health services for children & adolescents in India.
Primary Teacher and Special Educator
Aditi has completed Nursery Primary Teaching course from DEIT, she is working as a Nursery Teacher with Crayons Montessori and as a Special Educator with Asha Hai- Unit of Crayons Educational Society. As a special educator her main focus is on nurturing the cognitive, social, emotional and physical areas of a child and aims to take them to another level of attainment.
Zakiya Azar has completed a diploma in special education (Mental Retardation) from the National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped. She has worked with the persons with Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Multiple disabilities. Her internship experience includes having worked at Mata Bhagwanti Chadda Niketan, NIMH, Model School and The Rotary school at Noida. At Asha Hai, she is currently working as a special educator with an aim to promote independence among children with extra needs and further their academic and communication skills.
PSYCHOLOGIST, MSc IN Psychology, PGD in guidance and counselling.
Prabhjot kaur is work as a professional in the field of Psychology and holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Punjabi university Patiala and finished her post graduate diploma in guidance and counselling from Punjab University Chandigarh. She pursued her first level of hypnosis from California institute of hypnosis Mumbai. She has done her internship from Neuropsychiatry Clinic in Chandigarh. She worked previously as a school Psychologist in Dev Samaj School at Chandigarh and also worked as a Deaddiction counsellor in new life rehabilitation and counselling society. At present, she is a Psychologist at Asha Hai. She has aptitude to understand the abilities of infant and children.
She did her bachelor’s in occupational therapy from PT.DEEN DAYAL UPADHYAYA NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR PERSON WITH DISABLITIES (Divyangjan) Delhi University, New Delhi. Interactive occupational therapist implementing customized therapies to infants, children and adolscents recovering from developing issues, behavior problems, gross motor delays neuromuscular disorder, mentally challenged clients. Specialized in creating an encouraging clients in safe environment. Meticulously patient oriented, facilitation techniques, knowledge of pediatric and adolescent occupational therapy modalities, sound knowledge of out patient work setting.
She did her internship from various government hospitals i.e Lok Nayk Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Amarjyoti Charitable Trust, IBHAS hospital, IAMD SOLAN (Himachal Pradesh), Chacha Nehru Bal Chik Atslaya, PT. Deen Dayal institute for physically disabled. At present she is an occupational therapist at Asha hai foundation. She attended various workshops as in pediatric rehabilitation, workshop in NICU rehabilitation, OT in sleep disorders stroke rehabilitation, autism rehabilitation.