Child Development Centre
The newly established Child Development Centre (CDC) at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (AIMS), Kochi, is situated at C Block, 5th floor and caters the need of infants and young children with delay in any / all spheres of development.
Developmental delay refers to a disability the child presently displays (due to biological or environmental factors) when the child’s developmental abilities are compared with the abilities appropriate to that age level.
A child is considered to have developmental delay if there is a delay in development in one or more of the following areas:
- Physical Development, including fine and gross motor function
- Cognitive Development
- Communication / Language Development
- Social-Emotional Development
- Adaptive Development
The number of children who require these specialized services are high and much needs be done in this area in our state where there is a lacunae of such specialized services.
Other than the front office staff, the Child Development Centre team at AIMS consist of:
- Paediatrician specialized in Early Intervention
- Early Interventionist
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech and Language Therapist
- Behavioural Therapist
- Clinical Psychologist
- Medical Social Worker
- Optical Therapist
Services At CDC
Follow-up services include evaluation on the progress of the child, information as recorded by the parents. Once the earlier set goals are achieved, necessary plans for further course of intervention are made. These activities are practically demonstrated to parents to follow-up at home.
The Parent Training Program substantiates the interventions by addressing those issues that are of common concern for the parents.
Hence the CDC department provides all specialized interventions including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, behavioural therapy, special education, family counseling etc. This enables the children with special needs to achieve their full potential.
2. Assessment & evaluation by all interdisciplinary team members
3. Intervention programme
Intervention programme by the therapists including paediatric occupational therapist, speech therapist, physiotherapist, clinical psychologist, social worker, behavioral therapist, special educator etc
4. Counselling / Guidance
Occupational therapy enables a child to develop gross motor, fine motor and self-help skills using activity as a medium for fostering movement.
Sensory Integration Therapy is provided for children with sensory problems, which are manifested due to early insult to the developing brain. Training in activities of Daily Living caters to those aspects like feeding, bathing and dressing. These self-care skills are important to maximize the functioning and minimize the dependency.
Behaviour therapy – Specific interventions like behaviour management and anticipatory guidance are also being provided by the team of clinical psychologist.
Speech therapy – The importance of interactions for facilitating speech and language development is an essential component of speech therapy. It also includes identifying and facilitating the specific speech and language deficits in children.
Visual stimulation therapy is provided by the ophthalmology department at the Centre for infants with cortical blindness and other visual problems.