Friday, October 30, 2009


समग्र आश्रम हरबर्टपुर , विकासनगर से देहरादून (लेन नंबर १३, मकान नंबर ३३२, आशा गेस्ट हाउस के पास , मोहित नगर) में दिनांक २९-१०-२००९ को सिफ्ट हो गया है | और आज बेबी डिम्पी (२.५ वर्ष डिले स्पीच और डिले गामक विकास, मोहित नगर देहरादून ) आज अपने मम्मी के साथ समग्र आश्रम में आयी | विजय (समग्र स्पीच थिरेपिस्ट ) ने स्क्रीनिंग किया व् डिम्पी के मम्मी को बताया कि डिम्पी को स्पीच थिरेपी की जरूरत है |डिम्पी अब समग्र में स्पीच थिरेपी के लिए सोमवार से आयेगी | डिम्पी के पापा टीचर है व् मम्मी करुणा बिहार (स्पेशल स्कूल ) से स्पेशल बच्चों की देख - भाल के लिए एक कोर्स कर रहीं है |डिम्पी का एक बड़ा भाई (९ वर्ष का ) है जो स्कूल में पढ़ाई कर रहा है |

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

सन्डे सपोर्ट ग्रुप २५ अक्टूबर

We met in Anugrah for about two hours: extempore speeches with stressors inbuilt. Some one who wanted to talk on "Uses of cow" was manoeuvred into talking about "India's Atomic program"! Another youngman was tricked into talking about pros/cons of sex education in school. S surprised everyone with his sudden unexpected fluency. He himself was openly surprised. A good audience can do amazing things to speakers. Also, we have finally created an atmospher where 'stammering is fine'. Then, we played a game involving asking questions. Many CWS find it difficult because all questions in Hindi start with a K sound.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Living with 'my story'

Vijay came with K this morning. K is a young student in a professional institution. Lives close by. He had already been shown some stammering videos- like the interview of Julia Irani. A certain softening of his attitude towards stammering had happened, because of that. But. Since he was to leave soon, there was not enough time for a gentle approach, so I stated bluntly: I stammer and I have stammered all my life. Surprised, he took the bait and began talking of his experinces: ragging, superficial friends, problem of giving attendance in the college, impending divorce of parents, and a constant feeling that "I have to live in this world so I must talk as they do.. and still, how can I ?".
K said a very significant thing suddenly: Till I saw those videos yesterday, I thought I alone stutter in the world..
But then, he had clear cut ideas as to what was wrong and what should be done. For example,he wants to just learn the "technique" and go away. His present academic downturn is because of certain teachers- he is clear about that. So, just to creat enough doubt, I asked him, what did he think was the cause of his stammering? Again, he was sure that it was because of lack of self confidence. But how much confidence or preparation do you need to answer your roll call in class? Could there be other reasons? Finally, he was open to other possibilities. I discussed "Neuro-physiological" model.
Many stammerers go for a reverse blaim game early in life. They hold themselves guilty for their stammering- instead of accepting it as a disease process beyond their control. This creates further emotional problems on top of the primary issues.
K has been taught bouncing and was given certain phone numbers of other PWS to practice bouncing with. Will he return? Difficult to say.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


आज दिनांक २० अक्टूबर को इशु (डिले स्पीच के साथ स्वलीनता ) को स्पीच थिरेपी दिया गया |

Monday, October 19, 2009


आज अंशु (उम्र २.५ वर्ष ,सेरेब्रल पाल्सी ) समग्र आश्रम में आया | अंशु समग्र आश्रम में दो महीने बाद आया |अंशु aअज के ५ महीने पहले स्पीच थिरेपी के लिए आया करता था तब अंशु की स्पीच नही थी | अंशु समग्र में महीने में सात या आठ बार आया करता था, और विजय अंशु की मम्मी को स्पीच थिरेपी सेशन में बैठाते थे व् स्पीच थिरेपी कैसे कराया जाता है अंशु की मम्मी को भी बताते थे, |अंशु की मम्मी ने आज बताया की मैं घर पर अंशु को स्पीच थिरेपी दिया करती थी | आज के दिन अंशु की स्पीच नार्मल के बराबर हो गई है |अंशु की फिजियोथिरेपी भी चल रही है | और अब अंशु बिना सहारे बैठने लगा है |इस चित्र में विजय अंशु को कागज़ पर स्क्रेचिंग करा रहे है | विजय ने अंशु की मम्मी को बताया की आप घर पर भी ये एक्सरसाइज कराया कीजिए |

Sunday, October 18, 2009

सन्डे सेल्फ हेल्प ग्रुप

सन्डे सेल्फ हेल्प की मीटिंग में 7 से 8 लोंगो ने भाग लिया, जिसमे विनीत, अमानुद्दीन, परमानंद, गरिमा व् गरिमा की माता जी, सुशील, सचिन सर, निशु, ने भाग लिया, आज की मीटिंग में सभी को डा.तरून की एक वीडियो क्लिप दिखाया गया | इसके बाद सभी का एक- एक मिनट का रिकार्डिंग किया गया, तथा उसे सब लोंगो ने सुना तथा इसके बाद सभी लोंगो ने चार-चार स्पीच टूल को बताया व् स्पीच टूल का अभ्यास भी किया |


आज दिनांक १८ अक्टूबर को समग्र में दो बच्चे आए जिनको विजय ने प्लये थिरेपी करवाया (चित्र तीन में )|तथा दीपावली का पूजन करते अनिल जी चित्र दो में |देहरादून में (जहां समग्र सिफ्ट हो रहा है ) भी दीपावली के शुभ अवसर पर डा. प्रदीप की माता जी, पिता जी, पियूष सर, पलाश जी तथा अनिल जी,व् विजय ने लक्ष्मी पूजन किया |चित्र एक में

Friday, October 16, 2009

Festival of lights !

SAMAGRA wishes everyone a very happy and uplifting season of festivals..

Thursday, October 15, 2009


समग्र आश्रम में नवीन (काल्पनिक नाम ) जी देहरादून से आए , नवीन को जान पास्किविच की फ़िल्म दिखाया गया | नवीन ने बताया की हमें बोलने में कभी-कभी रूकावट होती है, नवीन ने यह भी बताया की मैंने दो-तीन बार स्पीच थिरेपी लिया (किसी अन्य जगह से ), लेकिन हमें कोई फायदा नही हुआ है |नवीन को हकलाने के बारे में पढ़ने के लिए आर्टिकल दिया गया तथा बताया गया की आपको नियमित रूप से नव से दस महीने स्पीच थिरेपी लेनी होगी तथा इसके अलावा आपको घर पर भी स्पीच थिरेपी का अभ्यास करना होगा |

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

ग्रुप स्पीच थिरेपी

विजय (समग्र स्पीच थिरेपिस्ट ) ने साधना केन्द्र आश्रम के स्कूल में ग्रुप स्पीच थिरेपी बच्चों के साथ आयोजित किए |लगभग १५ बच्चों ने भाग लिया ,समग्र आश्रम की टीम पिचले एक वर्ष से साधना केन्द्र के स्कूल के बच्चों के साथ स्पीच थिरेपी का शेसन आयोजित करता आ रहा है |आज की तारीख में नतीजा यह निकल कर आ़या है कि सभी बच्चों की स्पीच काफी अच्छी हो गयी है , (जिन बच्चों को स्पीच थिरेपी की आवश्यकता थी ) लेकिन अभी भी , कुछ बच्चों को स्पीच थिरेपी की आवश्यकता है | जिन बच्चों की स्पीच पर अभी और काम करने की जरूरत है , वे बच्चें चित्र में अपने टीचर के साथ स्पीच थिरेपी का अभ्यास करते हुए | आज के शेसन में ये बच्चे छोटे समूह में बैठकर विजय के साथ स्पीच थिरेपी का अभ्यास किए व् अपने हकलाने से सम्बंधित अनुभव को एक दूसरे को बताया |इसके अलावा आज समग्र में राजू (काल्पनिक नाम उम्र १७ वर्ष ) आया व् बताया कि हमें बोलने में कभी -कभी रूकावट होती है, पर मैं हकलाता नही | विजय ने उसे हकलाने से सम्बंधित फ़िल्म दिखाई |और बातें की | राजू ने बताया कि फ़िर दुबारा मैं अपनी स्पीच ठीक कराने के लिए आश्रम में आयेगा |

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

समग्र,ताजा ख़बर इस सप्ताह का

समग्र आश्रम, ११ अक्टूबर सन्डे सपोर्ट ग्रुप की मीटिंग (चित्र तीन में ) अनुग्रह सेण्टर में आयोजित हुआ |इस मीटिंग में १२ लोंगो ने भाग लिया |जिसमे डाक्टर तरुण (दिल्ली से ) व् गरिमा व् गरिमा की मम्मी सहित अन्य नियमित रूप से आ रहे लोग थे |इस मीटिंग में सब लोंगो ने मिलकर एक नाटक प्रस्तुत किया, नाटक का शीर्षक था "तीन भिखारी"|चित्र चार में विजय, शीला (उम्र ४० साल) का कान चेक करते हुए ,शीला को पिचले ३ वर्षो से सुनने की समस्या है |जय प्रकाश (समग्र वालेंटियर पांचवे चित्र में) सेवा करते हुए |चित्र दो में डाक्टर तरुण, परमानंद व् रुपेश, आसन वैराज (पिकनिक स्थल) में बोटिंग करते हुए |तथा पहले चित्र में परमानंद , राघव को स्पीच थिरेपी दे रहे है |राघव की स्पीच अब ८० % ठीक हो गया है |

Sunday, October 11, 2009

MCF's conference on RTI act

Aditi Invited me to Mountain Children Foundation's two day conference on RTI (Right To Information) act. It was really great experience to interact with young kids who are doing so much for their community and society at large. What surprised me was their high motivation levels..After lunch Mr. Ramlal used puppet show to show the problems and resistance what a young child faces while using RTI and then conducted a workshop to teach all of us- How to use drama to convey our message more efficiently and in short time.

Visit to Lal Bahadur Shastri School

Parmanand, Tarun and Me went to Lal Bahadur Shastri School to conduct a group therapy session for school kids. The focus of this session was to introduce them to prolongation & then show them how to use it. We started with an energizer and then moved on to an activity where each one of us said one word using prolongation on the first sound...Then we used the same in a sentence & them moved on to story telling.. We concluded with a few games that kids taught us..Almost all the kids from this group are great singers and were more than enthusiastic about singing songs on their own for the whole group..

Stuttering Interviews

Dear Friends
Tarun, a medical doctor from AIIMS and I had a good discussion about stammering,
family reactions, role of self-help and society for about twenty minutes.. It is
available for download in two parts, each about 10 minutes :

Part 1 (28.3 mb)

Part 2 (37.9 mb)

When I was a child, I had not seen anyone stammering so I thought I am the only
stammerer in this beeeeeeg world! We need to change all this by writing about
it, talking about it, putting up video clips etc. Whatever. Hope you all enjoy
these efforts!

I am also working on English subtitles so that Non-Hindi speakers can also
benefit by these interviews.

BTW- if you want to see bouncing, prolongation and voluntary stuttering IN ACTION, see these videos.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Central School For Tibetans

Tarun had come from Delhi. So, four of us, all PWS, marched to the local central school. Many CWS have a dream: some day I will grow up and have the courage to face the crowd and tell them how I feel when I am mocked: We did the same thing- but of course not so dramatically. We did it in a very balanced and humane way: what children could do to help their colleagues who may have stammering or other issues, differences. The central idea was to sensitise the children and help any CWS to come forth and enroll for group therapy. The principal, Dr Gupta was very encouarging. Children too were quite open and nice.
We all had a great time talking ex-tempore on an issue which is so close to our heart. BTW, Tarun has done his MBBS from AIIMS and is planning to do his residency from USA- already has cleared one entrance test. All the best to Tarun!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Samagra's new website

Samagra's new website is up and running. The present website provides front end interface to registered users to write articles and upload photographs with ease...The website is still in initial stage and a lot of work will be done based on the user feedback and as I learn and explore more into the field of website designing.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Change of address

Samagra is shifting to Dehradun from 15th October 2009. Our new address will be:

Samagra Trust, Lane no 13, House no. 332, Near Asha Guest House, Mohit Nagar, Dehradun

Phone numbers remain same for the time being.

How to reach: There is a lane opposite Wadia Institute on General Mahadev Singh Road. This lane comes to Asha Guest house. It is about 2 km from Dehradun Railway station and about 3 km from ISBT (Bus stand).

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Online petition

see this video first and then sign the online petition:

The petition is here:

Signing is very simple..

Puppets and children who stutter

Sometime back, SHG meeting had a lot of fun with puppets. When a child who stutters, uses a puppet, temporarily he is a different person- he has the freedom to do or say anything- it is a world of make-believe and imagination; In this clip the children enact a scene from their school:

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Samagra Monthly Report- September, 2009

School program

School Name

Total Children

No. of sessions


Lal Bahadur School




Sadhana kendar School








* Due to quarterly exams in all the schools, the no of sessions are less.

Speech Support Group:
Support group meetings were conducted 4 times. Average attendance= 10

Clinical Input:

Raghav was given speech therapy 2 times. (Misarticulation)

Ishu was given speech therapy 4 times. (Autism)

Rupesh was given speech therapy 2 times. (Stammer)

Karan was given speech therapy 3 times. (Stammer)

Parents counseling. (Soni M.R. from Babugarh)

Manoj was given therapy 5 times.(Mental Retardation)

Shubhash was given therapy 2 times.(Mental Retardation)

Jasmith was given speech therapy 2 times.(Stammer)

Anand and Sumit was given speech therapy once.(Stammer)

Sushil was given speech therapy 2 times.(Stammer)

Priyanshu was given speech therapy 2 times.(DSL)

Jasmeet was given speech therapy 2 times. (Stammer)

Garima was give speech therpy two times. (Stammer)


2nd Sep. Vijay visit NIVH (National Institute for the Visually Handicapped) for hearing


3rd Sep. J.P., Paramanand and Dr.Sachin visited Eataenbagh and met Subhash, Kamini

and Kanchan.(special needs children).

5th Sep. Paramanand visited C.A. in Dehradun.

5th Sep. Vijay and Nishu visited Viky’s (hearing impaired) house in Asanbag, Dehradun.

7th Sep. J.P. and Dr.Sachin visited Johnson Public School Herbatpur for Stammering


9th Sep. Vijay visited Premnagar for paid phone bill.

12th Sep. Vijay and Nishu visit to Gudarich village for general awareness about Samagra.

16th Sep. Dr. Sachin visited C.A. in Dehradun.

17thSep. Paramanand visited C.A. in Dehradun.

28th Sep. Dr. Sachin and Paramanand visited C.A. in Dehradun and met Samagra trustee

Ms. Suchitra Agrawal.

30th Sep. Dr. Sachin visit to C.A. in Dehradun.

Continuous Computer classes and Tailoring training at Samagra sub center, Premnagar Dehradun during this month.

10th Sep. Movie Show for children.

11th Sep. Dr.Sachin and J.P.went to Delhi for TISA (The Indian Stammering Association)


14th Sep. Anil came back from Kerala.

15th Sep. Vijay went to his home Varanasi for 15 days.

19th Sep. Screening CWS in Johnson public school Herbartpur, Dehradun.

30th Sep. Samagra Audit report (2008-09) received.

On the road trodden by Bruce Willis, Hritik Roshan, Julia Roberts...

JP has already covered this meeting (4th October 2009). Let me just add a few 'behind the scene' details. Barring two, rest of us were stutterers. Some of us had reached a plateau- in other words we had practiced enough of speech techniques in normal situations: now was the time to challenge ourselves a little bit more and help us to move towards spontaneous speech, as opposed to one to one rehearsed communication. Drama can be a fun and all round activity for people like us. Anugrah Interevntion center (Herbertpur Christian Hospital) had very kindly lent us a hall for the purpose.
We had photocopied a play from a collection meant for school chldren; shared it before hand with participants; gave them some more time to prepare- and then did many reherasals for various scenes. We also changed the roles to ensure fun and learning.

Weekly SHG meet

Dehradun SHG for people who stammer (PWS) met today at Anugrah Intervention center. Even though it was raining cats and dogs since this morning, 7 members turned up for the meeting. As it was planned we enacted a drama: "The Three beggars". It was really an interesting act as along with our speech techniques we were also required to remember our lines and most of us did well. We bounced, we prolonged, we stumbled and most importantly we had fun..We will practice the same drama a few more times before we invite guests. We concluded with a round of feedback and debriefing.

While coming back to Samagra, we also stopped at a tailor's shop to practice our speech techniques and during conversation we found that he is Tibetan dress specialist, which I would love to have before I leave...On our way, we stopped a few more people to practice :)

Visit to Udiyabag School

Parmanand and me went to Udiyabag primary school yesterday to conduct a group therapy session for school kids.We started with catching a butterfly contest, with the condition to release the butterfly soon and do not cause harm to it..Kids just loved it :) ...then we started with our focus of the day - prolongation...We introduced them to prolongation and how can they use it in real life, by doing various activities like story telling, question answer round etc.
After an energizer "nani pani", we concluded with a painting activity and then describing our paintings. Parmanand and me too tried our hand at painting..Kids wanted us to come everyday..

In the evening me and Sachin had a voice chat with Pune SHG and we are planning to have more of such conversations as it was as good as face to face conversation.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Group Therapy

As today is a National Holiday, three boys and one girl came to Samagra for group speech therapy session. We practiced prolongation for half an hour and then watched an interview of Julia Irani from Pakistan Stammering Association. Then we moved out into the real world to practice our techniques.All the boys (except me!) were not in a mood to talk to strangers. As this was second day for the young lady, she was expected to just watch how pros do it!

Samgara's Updated Website

After a lot of struggle with Windows, Ubuntu, Joomla, PHP and what not and on top of that, sometimes compatibility issues, finally 75% of the work on Samagra's website is done. Hopefully by next friday, it will be up and running in its new avatar.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Website Update

JP has installed Xampp and Joomla- so that he can work on Samagra website offline. Normally designers make a website in such a way that ignorant users can not spoil it unwittingly. But this attempt to 'save' the website from its lawful owners often proves to be counter-productive. The designer moves on- and the owner of the website is rarely able to update the website on its own- and thus it is preserved in a beautiful primal state of purity for years! As if nothing ever happened in the concerned organisation since 1st July 1987- the great day of the website launch! How silly! How laughable! Some people will go a step forward and allege that all this is to exercise a control- The orgainsation is forced to contact the designer to update even the two words on the front page! Isn't this a little retrogressive in this age of an IT industry being driven by users (ex. wikipedia) and open source?

Anyway, Joomla, an open source software, brings in big changes the way business is and can be conducted. For example, it lets you have a front end, through which lay users can contribute to a website without learning programming and without wrecking it! This is what JP is doing for Samagra website. Samagra is updating all the relevant information- like our new office in Dehradun, staff and volunteer updates etc. Oh, of course, we have to make sure that the offline looks and functionality is maintained even when it goes online. And for that you have to know your stuff- Xampp, Apache, ASP, backend, no-end etc. And who else could do it better than a programmer from Infosys? But of course test of pudding is in tasting!