WHAT DO WE DO?
Healing Nest Foundation (HNF) is a non-profit Early Intervention Therapeutic Center works to enhance coping mechanisms and impart appropriate skills to improve the living conditions for disabled children and their families and enable them to attain formal education. Healing Nest Foundation specializes in working with Neuro-developmental disorders in children. Neurodevelopment disorders are impairments in the growth and development of the brain and central nervous system which effect the brain functions of emotions, language, communication, memory, learning ability and self control/impulsivity. These disorders include Autism, Downs Syndrome, ADHD, learning disabilities, mental retardation, global dev. disorders and speech and hearing impairments.
Healing Nest Foundation was started in the year 2014, with an aim to build an enriching environment for children & adolescents with disabilities, to help them overcome their challenges and live a life of dignity.
We provide therapeutic interventions to these children and their families in building appropriate social skills, sensory integration, activities of daily living.
Hemanti Sikdar ( Founder / Director)
Hemanti Mangal is a Child Psychologist and an Art Based Therapy practitioner. Mental health is her passion and she believes in simple yet creative ways to bring about positive emotional, social and cognitive changes in children and their families. As founder and director of the organization, she plays various roles. Sometimes you can see her as a therapist working with a child, other times she is a trainer, or a friend who just listens, sometimes a counselor but always a nurturing mother.
She has being working exclusively the field of special needs and family counseling for over 10 years and has previously worked with Children First and Udayan Care. After a Bachelors in Psychology (hons) from Delhi University she pursued a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Amity University. She streamlined her focus to working extensively with children with her Post Graduation Diploma in Child Guidance and Counseling from NIPCCD and further specialised in Arts Based therapy from WLCC.
Hemanti has an “ instant connect” with any child who walks in. She is spontaneous, playful, intuitive, and compassionate when working with children. Her love and passion of working with children was the driving force for her to imagine, develop and establish a nurturing space that is Healing Nest Foundation.
Sagar Mangal (Co - Founder / Director)
Sagar Mangal is a Sailor by profession but a child at heart. His spontaneity to connect with children (including his own) helped him to develop an interest in the area of child development. He is the co-founder of Healing Nest Foundation. Sagar was inspired by Hemanti's love for the field of child development and mental health due to which he along with his wife envisioned an organization like Healing Nest Foundation.
Professionally he is pursuing certifications and continues to learn further about different aspect of special needs. Sagar believes in the importance of spreading mental health awareness to even the smaller towns of the country and hopes one day Healing Nest Foundation would be reachable and approachable to everybody. He feels there is no end to learning and growing and to following one's dream.
Through his playful, humorous and patient demeanor brings the fun, energy and the motivation for everyone in the organization to growth while enjoying what they do.
Development Milestones of a child (0-1yr)
My experience and my child's experience at Healing Nest have been most rewarding! Hemanti is a dream come true for any parent with a special needs child. I have seen a sea change in my daughter. She has prepared her to be able to go to school happily. Love you Hemanti and all the lovely mams .... Keep up the good work!
After my son's ASD diagnosis at 1.9 yrs I was looking for a therapy centre in my vicinity wherein my child's hidden potentials could be recognized at an early age and harnessed accordingly. He was only able to speak two words then but after about spending a quarter of an year at the therapy centre he progressed from being echolatic to constructing simple , short sentences. He looks forward to coming here even on weekends.
All my queries have always been addressed. All issues of my ward are taken care of by the dedicated staff. Periodic observation sessions and progress report discussions help the parents to becone aware of their child's current status.
It has been a great experience for me and my son till date. Special thanks to Hemanti and Sagar for bringing all the therapies under single roof.
My child joined Healing Nest when she was 2 yrs old. The kind of support and help she received there made a remarkable change in her development.All therapist are trained professionals who offers individual attention according to the child need and in safe and secure environment.The team is accommodating and forever supportive.I am thankful to hemanti and her team for helping my daughter in her development journey.