There are over 35 million children in India with developmental disabilities and more than 6,00,000 in Kolkata. Even today, globally 250 million children below 5years are at risk of developmental delay.
Every child has to go through a complex process of growth & development at various levels to ultimately emerge as a normal adult. Any deviation in these stages of development will lead to developmental disability. Such disability may express in various forms, which include Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Attention Deficit disorders, Visual & Hearing problems, Speech & Language disorders, Learning disabilities, Behavioural problems and many more.
Developmental disability affects not only the individual, but the family and the society at large.
The problem appears graver among the under privileged, where health care facilities are inadequate and the child’s health problems are not addressed to unless it is overtly expressive.
This grave problem can only be tackled through early screening & identification and Early Intervention Programs, to bring out the best in the affected individual.
Udbhaas Child Development aims to provide diagnostic and interventional services to children with difficulties in physical, mental or language development and learning & behavioural problems, through an inter-disciplinary approach. We try to reach out to every child with disability, surpassing the socio-economic barrier.
The centre brings together specialists in the fields of Developmental Pediatrics, Physical Medicine, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology and Developmental Psychology and various rehabilitation modalities like physiotherapy, occupational therapy & sensory integration, play therapy & speech therapy.
Our endeavour is to provide holistic and customized services to every individual child.
At the development clinic we have facilities for developmental assessment of children from 0-6 years, intelligence testing for 6-12 yrs and screening and assessment for autism, behavioural abnormalities and learning disabilities. Tools used include DDST II, DASII, Stanford Binet test, M-CHAT, CARS, ESDM etc. We also run a neuro-developmental follow-up clinic for high risk newborns to pick up developmental problems as early as possible.
Individualized programs are set up by a team of experts, for each child according to the problem identified and treatment/therapy provided accordingly. Every child is reassessed and advised every three months.
providing all necessary interventional therapy in an integrated manner.
To prevent developmental delays in children at risk and to curb the progress of the disabilities already there, we resort to early intervention programs. Our specialized team of Physical therapist, Occupational therapist, Developmental Psychologist and speech therapist work together with structured, integrated programs.
This special school now runs 5 days a week from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM. Present student strength is 65.
60% of our children fall in the Autistic spectrum. We also have children with Cognitive delay, Downs syndrome, ADHD, behavioural problems and learning disabilities.
We have 11 highly committed and well trained special educators and 9 care-givers constantly working with these children. The school provides scope for group learning, socialization, play and music, structured teaching for ASD, Yoga classes and pre-vocational training. Here we stimulate all-round development and help prepare them for streamlining to regular schools. The special educators work through play, songs, stories and various activities, as each child learns and grows according to his/her own ability.
This unit provides regular, structured, play based educational support programs and group activity to children with mental challenges and learning & behavior problems, which include mental retardation, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD & learning disabilities. Here we stimulate all-round life-skill development & ADL and help prepare them for main-streaming to regular schools eventually. Our major focus is on improving communication skills, socialization, attention and concentration. We provide 1:1 as well as classroom sessions, which include play, music, sensory integration and simple Yoga in addition to basic education. Presently we have 65 students enrolled with us, ages ranging from 3-18 years. Many are still wait-listed.
This unit works with the special children to augment their creative skills while working on their fine motor ability and attention span development. This unit helps the children make creative consumable items like greeting cards, bags, bead jewelry and other novelties which are put up for sale and exhibition. This boosts confidence in the little ones and also enhances their potentiality to do something in later life.
This unit functions both in Kolkata and Purulia, working with urban as well as rural children.
Our team constantly works with the parents, to sensitize them to their child’s problem. Parents are groomed and actively involved in the regular therapy procedures. We also actively take up issues on advocacy for the child with special needs at schools and other social settings.
The problem of developmental challenge is graver among the under-privileged community, though they seldom seek medical help on their own. This prompted us to adapt a community based program, where we train a team of local women as care givers who can provide home based therapy to the affected kids. We also run screening camps to pick up the challenged children, fix therapy schedules for them and initiate the programs. They are followed up at home by the local care-givers, while we do a follow-up monitoring every 3-6 months. Our core focus is on Community Based Rehabilitation. All this is provided free of cost.
We have been conducting developmental delay detection and early intervention programs in Purulia since 2012 and have screened more than 3200 children from the rural areas of Purulia and have detected more than 600 children with various delays/ challenges.
Udbhaas organizes training and awareness programs on Developmental challenges, their identification and management for various groups of professionals and care givers, which include Pediatricians, primary physicians, nurses, school teachers, community based care-givers and parents.
Trainings at various levels have been provided, both in the city as well as in rural settings to more than 1200 trainees so far.
Various publications from Udbhaas include:
To identify developmental delay among high –risk newborns discharged from the sick newborn care unit (SNCU) of a rural district hospital (Purulia, West Bengal) and study the impact of regular early intervention on early childhood development in children at risk.
Child Psychologist & Special Educator