Sparsh had a visit from 9 year old Marbo Tamang and his parents who are both labourers from the Makaibari Tea estate. After the Sparsh team assessed Marbo and spoke with his parents, it became evident that he suffers from Cerebral Palsy and is unable to speak.
Since a young age a basic form of gesture communication evolved between him and the family, especially with his mother. The parents would like to send Marbo to the village school, but the school is not adequately equipped with specialised teachers who understand the needs of children like Marbo. The staff of Darjeeling Sparsh suggested Marbo and his parents should be initially supported by learning an Alternate Augmentative Communication that would improve his communication and help him integrate more with his piers. Once that is established, the parents were suggested to enrol Marbo into a more suitable vocational skill development program rather than send him to a formal school. In April the staff of Darjeeling Sparsh will start to work towards exploring and developing his communication skills. We hope Marbo and his family can more easily communicate with each other and that he can learn the skills to speak to other kids and make friends.