RYTHM Foundation is an advocate for an inclusive educational environment that allows children of all abilities, equal access to quality education. Taarana was established in Malaysia when the Foundation identified a dire need for resources and support for children with special learning needs, and their families. Through our work with Taarana, we hope not just to raise awareness about the importance of special needs education, but also help change attitudes and practices associated with special children. RYTHM Foundation is proud to contribute to UN SDG 4 that strives to provide every child with equal access and opportunity to knowledge and learning to unlock their potential.
TAARANA, which means ‘Awakening’ in Sanskrit, was established as a centre for children with special needs in May 2011 in line with our main focus under the education pillar of the Rythm foundation; our main focus being the empowerment of individuals with special needs.
Our Special Education Program is based on a Negotiated Education Plan (NEP). The NEP refers to a bespoke educational programme that is developed, executed and routinely assessed by our teachers. The aim of the NEP is to have personalised goals and developmental milestones, tailored to meet the needs of each child and is drawn up with the consultation of the child’s parents, that challenge each child and helps them progress along their respective developmental paths.
To maximise the efficacy of the NEP, regular consultation and collaboration with the child’s family is encouraged.
This is achieved through a mutually agreed approach to ensure that there is consistency in the treatment and expectations of the child to achieve the best outcome possible. The Special Education Program is available to eligible students from the ages of 4-18.
At Taarana, we cater for students with ADD, ADHD, AUTISM, Dyspraxia, Down Syndrome and Global Development Delay
We provide programmes suitable for all our students, understanding their strengths and weakness. Thus, each student follows and Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) that allows them to make progress at their own pace.
Our early year programmes are based on intensive intervention model, which recognises the importance of early intervention. We also provide intermediate programmes which prepares our students both academically and functionally. Our academic programmes follow modified mainstream curriculum. Our prevocational programme trains students for independent living.
By regularly getting involved and engaging with these children, we hope to help them make a smooth transition into society and be able to live meaningful lives.