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Ergo July 10

Ergo July 10

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Ergo tabloid published by The Hindu Group, Chennai

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ABYTE OF LIFE
FREE CIRCULATION
Vol. 3No. 129
07
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PAGE 03
PHOTO: R. RAVINDRAN
DR. DOG TO THE RESCUE
Students of Saraswathi regularly interact with a blackLabrador to help them with their communication skills.Anusha Parthasarathy reports.
Friday, July 10, 2009
LITTLE MASTER
turns 60
 
ERGO
Friday, July 10, 2009
NAMMA CHENNAI
02
On time
Fastrack is offering 20 per cent offon all its watches and sunglasses.Post-discount the watches start fromRs. 475 and glasses from Rs. 555.
Play on
The King of Pop is nomore, but his music willremain immortal. Tobring alive the magic ofMichael Jackson, Desitarainvites you to participatein the contest “MichaelJackson is Alive”.Participants need toperform their favouriteMichael Jackson song andupload the video onDesitara.com. The contestis on till July 20. Thosewho get the maximumnumber of votes winexciting goodies such asplay stations and iPods.
Contest
Balle, balle
If machili Amristari,chooza e bhalle bhalle,Punjabi pakodi kadi, dalmakhani...and all thingsPunjabi are sure toplease your taste buds,Asiana Hotel should beyour stop. The hotel ishosting ‘Khana beBassant’ with Punjabicuisines from July 13 to18 with a lunch buffet.For reservations call67411000 extn 7242
Food
 The TED show
TED (Technology, Education, Design) is an annual conference wherethe best speakers share their ideas to the world. These talks areupdated on TED.com. Now, Chennai in a small way is playing host tothese TED videos. The event is open to all.Drop in at F5IVE Technologies, C-2, Raj Paris Apartments, 82,Kamaraj Street, Virugambakkam. For details call 9790371573
Workshop
Calling homemakers
Twilite Corpos is back with its yearly event Mrs Homemaker. Thetalent hunt taps the forgotten skills of married women. Ashomemakers have no retirement, there is no age limit forparticipation.For details call 9884331103/ 65446967. Email:mrshomemaker@twilitecorpos.in
Contest
Here’s come chef Cheung
Chin Chin at the Residency is playing host to Chef Hardy Cheung,who will delight guests with Chinese food. The main course will havesea food, poultry, lamb, tenderloin, pork and vegetarian cuisines,showcasing the different cooking styles that China has to offer.To make your reservations call 98841 39319
Food
 
Friday,July10,2009
03
D
r. Moosa is a regular at Sa-raswathi Kendra Learning Centre for Children. As heenters the class, the chil-dren crowd around him, excitedand a little scared. He sits downand waits patiently as they ap-proach him. “Hi! My name is Ash-ok,” one of the boys says shyly,adding “I like
dosa
. Do you like
dosa
?” Moosa holds out a paw and someone at the back says,“He likes Dosa too.”Dr. Moosa is a black Labrador.Saraswathi Kendra Learning Centre for Children, a part of theC.P. Ramaswami Aiyar Founda-tion, is India’s first full-timeschool for children with autism,learning disabilities, dyslexia andbehaviour and habit disorders. Itprovides a range of innovativetherapies for its 175-odd studentsand one of it is animal-assistedtherapy for autistic children. And what better animal to work withthan man’s best friend?“Autistic children have an in-ability to communicate verbally and concentrate on one particu-lar thing. Some of them nevertalk. But when there is a dog, they feel a lot more at ease. We talk through the dog and encouragethe children to reply. This not on-ly improves their verbal commu-nication but they also learn toconcentrate. We have found it tobe more effective than traditionaltherapy,” says Marlene J. Kam-dar, the principal.Dr. Dog has been around for13-odd years and remains a high-ly successful method even today.Dr. Moosa is the seventh on call.One among the therapy’s bestsuccess stories hangs in the frontoffice of the school in the form of a framed chart with the childishdrawing of a Dachshund, 10scrawling lines written in sketchpen describing it and ‘Pet Ther-apy with Sachin’ written in big bold letters at the top. “Sachin isa little Dachshund puppy… Hehas a body like a sausage...” itgoes. It was written by an autisticboy who, after nine years of si-lence, spoke about Sachin thefirst ever time he spoke.“You can’t have this kind of success with other animals. Buteven with dogs, the best breeds to work with are Labradors and re-trievers. They’re naturally friend-ly dogs. The smaller breeds areunpredictable and though we did work with two Dachshunds, labsare the best,” Dr. Nanditha Krish-nan, Hon. Director, CPR Founda-tion, says.Dr. Dog sessions are two timesa week for about 45 minutes. It ison a one-on-one basis and thedog works with three or four kidsevery class. During the course thestudent works with dogs in aplanned way to increase desir-able abilities.Saraswathi Kendra, in associa-tion with Blue Cross, certifiesthese dogs and trains them foruse in other special schoolsacross the city.“We encourage volunteers too.People can bring in their dog to work with us for the Dr. Dog pro-gramme. The dog has to be mini-mum two years old, healthy,vaccinated and must have basicobedience skills. A lot of peoplehave volunteered in the past butthey drop out soon because weinsist that the dogs have to besterilised to prevent aggression.But it’s imperative because onemistake could cost the dog andthe child their life,” Nandithaexplains. As Dr. Moosa leaves the class,the kids protest for a few minutesand then watch as their doctor isled away by his handler.“This helps them learn to letgo,” Nanditha concludes, adding,“But I must tell you that there issomething about a dog thatmakes the child talk. No oneknows how or why. But it justhappens.”
ANUSHA PARTHASARATHY
anushaparthasarathy@hotmail.com
Students of Saraswathi Kendra Learning Centre during a sessionwith Dr. Dog.
PHOTO: R. RAVINDRAN
“There issomething about adog that makes thechild talk. No oneknows how orwhy. But it justhappens.”
Doctor Dog
 A black Labrador plays the role of adoctor at Saraswathi Kendra LearningCentre for Children in Alwarpet 

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