Educational Initiatives

Introduction to Educational Psychology

    

"Whatever else teaching may do for an individual, it must first of all awaken, arouse, startle into thought, the ability to translate inert teachings into an active explosion of creating a world that holds a key to total emancipation." - Swami Vivekananda

Our services are aimed at helping schools create better teaching and learning missions through the various programs that cover multiple learning foci.

The educational programs centre on developing student potential by recognizing their strengths and weaknesses as well as work with teachers and parents to enhance the student’s educational and living experience.

We address a wide range of specialties within educational psychology, including instructional design, curriculum development, special education, disciplining without stress, motivation, and classroom management. Educational psychology both draws from and contributes to cognitive science and the learning sciences.


Students as Learners

Is your child learning the skills and attitudes that he/she needs to thrive and prosper in the increasingly complex world of the 21st century? We, at AscendPsychology attempt at increasing emotional, cognitive and learning skills to help children not only prosper in the world of work/occupations but also live as effective, fully functioning individuals. Our methods are based on core principles of psychology that are based on many years of reliable and rigorous research.

a) Promoting Emotional Health

The current educational system is based on the recognition of the need for individuals to learn how to read, write, solve math, etc. These skills though essential are not enough to manage the challenges of life, as we know it.
Our Emotional Health Curriculum is not a training course but a system for any school that wants to take the next step to Educational Excellence. The aim is to train students in Emotional skills that will give them control over their emotions, and behavior. Emotional monitoring and modulation is not achieved in the short-term; it requires the same incremental approach as any other subject taught in schools.

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b) Promoting Learning and Cognitive Skills

Our unique learning programs are aimed at developing Thinking Skills that train the child towards activity of thought and a spirit of inquiry. This helps them in challenging "inert ideas". We train the young minds to receive ideas, utilize, test, and devise them into fresh combinations. These Learning programs are fun based and help children develop enquiry that aids them to develop life skills. Learning and cognitive skills development is centered on exploration and curiosity. Topics such as "how stuff works" and "how common people made great lives" are used as media for analysis and reasoning development.

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c) Counselling for Special Needs

Our educational system largely caters to the needs of individuals who are free from minor or major disabilities. In recent times, however the school community has taken a note of the challenges that special population face, not only in the academic sphere but also in their social and emotional development. The following services are aimed at helping schools identify special challenges and further more seek help that supports them in their remediation efforts.

This program operates at three levels:

i) Identification
This phase involves identifying any special need that a child may have. This may include disciplinary problems, attention deficit, motivational issues, academic difficulties, and any clinical or adjustment issues. Teachers who are trained by AscendPsychology to run identification checklists for students typically carry out this phase. They then refer children for further diagnosis and intervention done by psychologists.

ii) Diagnosis
After the initial identification phase is carried out, a Psychologist from AscendPsychology further diagnoses the student concern and proceeds for intervention.

iii) Intervention and Remediation
An appropriate intervention is planned and carried out so that the particular issue is resolved. This stage may need the involvement of parents and/or teachers depending on the nature of concern.


d) Assessments

Assessments and evaluation are essential mediums to help schools in identifying strengths, weaknesses, interests, values, achievement indicators and so on, so that effective remediation or instruction can be formulated. Our Assessment and Profiling section can be referred to, for detailed information on this service.


Parents as Partners

"Parents are frequently blamed but hardly trained". Those few who do manage to keep abreast with the latest parental methods too may be left confused with the rapidly changing trends in cultures that affect child behavior.

We aim at helping parents achieve a balanced and effective approach to crucial aspects of up-bringing. We aim at helping parents achieve skills of motivating and guiding their children to help them function more effectively. This is done at an educative level (through talks) and at a more intense and applicative level, through workshops.

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Teachers as Facilitators

It is our endeavor to help teachers achieve skills in motivating and guiding their students so that they become emotionally, and cognitively effective.

The prime objective of the Program is to "revolutionize" the existing concepts of education by

  • Bringing about practical changes in order to energize the classroom
  • Making learning an active, lifelong process rather than a passive reception
  • Contextualizing concepts to make them clear, applicable, and acceptable to the students

Teachers, who are attempting to avoid the path of rote-teaching and transiting to a method of teaching insightfully, need the support that Psychologists can offer. Training therefore, is focused on the applications of psychology in educational projects.

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