This series is about interactions between children with disabilities and modern society. It illustrates conditions that exist today in Russia for these children’s development and for expanding the borders of their small world.
A small world.
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Little girl lies in a pool filled with small plastic balls to improve her tactile perceptions and manual dexterity.
Child jumps on a huge rubber ball to improve motor coordination.
Boy in a pool. Only six months ago he was afraid of water and wasn’t able to swim. Boarding school children are regular visitors to the pool.
Little girl compresses a rubber ball in her palm during an adaptive riding class. Equestrian clubs arrange therapeutic riding for boarding school and orphanage children, accompanied by interactions with animals and games that improve manual dexterity.
Little girl with Labradore retrievers during a canis therapy class.
This boy has never before swum with a dolphin. His parents brought him from another city for the classes. Dolphin therapy is known worldwide for brilliant results but is rather unpopular in Russia because of fairly high costs, and is practiced only in several pools.
This girl has began to learn swimming quite recently and so wears special armlets for the pool.
Little girl during a canis therapy class. She has been to these classes for some time now and is no longer afraid of dogs.
Orphan clinging to a husky during a kennel excursion. Such trips as this one are arranged for children to mix with animals in their natural habitat.
This girl has never before seen a stage performance. Many orphanages and boarding schools have amateur productions and concerts on festive occasions for children to socialize and acquire team spirit.
Orphan pats his head by himself.
New Year’s Eve party at a boarding school for children with limited abilities. The school has celebrations as often as possible and encourages amateur acting.