Dr. Isha Soni
Centre Head and Senior Occupational Therapist
Dr. Isha Soni has over 10 years of clinical experience in pediatric occupational therapy. She has worked intensely with children on the Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Down syndrome, global developmental delays and handwriting difficulties.
She holds the Sensory Integration Certification from University of Southern California and is trained in Brain Gym Movements, Handwriting without Tears®, Play Therapy and works towards mainstreaming students with Autism among others. She strives to constantly stay updated by attending international conferences and numerous workshops to have a better understanding of the recent advances in the field.
She was the head and worked as a Senior Occupational Therapy Consultant at the Department of Behavioural Sciences and Mental Health, Sahyadri Superspeciality Hospitals for over 10 years. She has also been on the panel of reputed schools in Pune, where she has trained the teachers and given classroom modifications for students to promote an inclusive community for education. She is also one of the founding members of The Lexicon Rainbow School.
She strongly believes in taking every child at his/her own pace and training the families in her therapy sessions to ensure that the child receives a structured and supportive home program too.
Mrs. Jeena V. Joy
Speech and Language Pathologist
Jeena has completed her bachelors in Speech and Hearing from the Institute of Speech and Hearing, Bangalore and has received a Masters degree in the same specialisation from Manipal University. Before moving to Pune, Jeevandeep was working with a special school, DISHA, and a privately owned hearing clinic back in Jaipur. She has worked with KEM Hospital for 6 years as a Speech Language Pathologist and Audiologist. Presently, she is running her own private clinic in Dhanori, Pune.
Jeeva has experience and expertise with diagnosing and treating a vast variety of speech, language, and hearing issues both in adults and children. She has been working with kids with communication issues for several years and is a specialist in strategic planning for successful therapeutic intervention. Her research accomplishments include several paper presentations at various conferences along with two international publications.
Special needs Classroom Teacher
Chaitrali Ranade’s interest in biodiversity, psychology, writing, and art led her to a variety of professional experiences where she finally discovered her calling towards education.
Over the last decade, she has taught students in diverse educational settings and has experiences in mainstream, Krishnamurti, Waldorf, and IB boards of education. Chaitrali has also worked with homeschoolers in Pune and Chennai, leading a broad spectrum of classes and activities for children of all ages.
In addition to her deep roots in education, Chaitrali is also a professionally trained dancer who brings to the children a love for movement and play. Her experience in special needs education began with volunteering for Prism Foundation’s Phoenix School in Pune. Recently, she has worked as a shadow teacher and a caregiver. She has also been offering one-on-one remedial learning support to children for many years.
Prior to becoming a teacher, Chaitrali completed her Bachelors of Science in Biotechnology and a Bachelors of Education at the University of Pune. She holds a Shadow Teaching Certificate from SNDT University, Mumbai. She is also currently enrolled in a distance-run Masters programme in Psychology.
Chaitrali is eager to learn and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experiences with The Lexicon Rainbow School.
Kamini Dhar Wanchoo
Special needs Teaching Assistant
Kamini, Teaching assistant for Special needs heads the Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills. PEERS® is a manualized, social skills training intervention for youth with social challenges. Parents are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments.
Kamini is a software engineer by education. After someone close to her was diagnosed on the ASD spectrum, she took interest in learning more about ASD and has been working towards empowering kids on the ASD.
She has undergone training at Morris Trust in learning disability and AFA (Action for Autism Delhi) on the subject. She has hands-on skills required to make a difference in the lives of kids she has worked with.
When a child has special needs, patience is a must and Organization, Creativity and Acceptance are some basic qualities that are needed for a special educator, which come naturally to her.
In addition, she has a calming nature that helps her to bond and connect with kids very easily.
Mrs. Alka Kapadia
Alka Kapadia is a passionate special needs educator, who firmly believes that “All children can learn”. She has been working for eighteen years with children at a disadvantage, of which the last decade has been exclusively with differently abled children.
Alka has studied and trained in Singapore and Australia. She has worked in Singapore with children having learning disabilities like Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD and children who are slow learners. She has also worked with children having Down Syndrome. Her expertise lies in working with children from the age of 4–11 years and from kindergarten to grade 6.
Alka tailors her teaching methods to suit the child’s individual learning style, designing intervention to help them overcome learning challenges in their academic growth and to aid them in achieving their true potential. She uses multi-sensory teaching techniques, which enable the child to use the maximum number of senses to understand the concept.
As a passionate educationist, Alka keeps abreast of new teaching methodologies. Her teaching aids and resources are procured from across the world, while she also designs, creates and uses self-made teaching aids as and when required.
Alka believes in following structured learning goals, where she works out the student’s individual educational plan (IEP) in consultation with the school. If the school involvement is not possible, then she evaluates the current level of the child and then decides their IEPs so that they can work towards achieving their current grade’s academic level.
The child’s progress is regularly monitored and the IEPs are modified to match with their learning pace.
- Trained in ‘Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2)’ (Melbourne, Australia)
- Trained in ‘Understanding and Managing Challenging Behaviours’ (Melbourne, Australia)
- DAS Certification Dyslexia Studies (Singapore)
- Foundation in Supporting Learning with Numeracy Difficulties (Singapore)
- Certification in Autism (Singapore)
- Trained in ‘Support and Interact with children effectively’ (Singapore)
- Trained in ‘Assist with programming and Learning Needs for children with Special Needs’ (Singapore)
- Certificate in ‘Pay Attention– ADHD through the lifespan’ (Coursera)
- Certificate in ‘Applying Principles of Behaviour in K-12 classroom’ (Coursera)
- Certificate in ‘Coaching teachers and promoting changes that stick’ (Coursera)