Navajyothi Centre for Child Behavioral Sciences is the Child and Adolescent Mental Health wing of KMHC. It is an exclusive set up for children and young people. Children are usually referred to this centre for the assessment and management of emotional and behavioral problems, poor scholastic performance and developmental difficulties.
It was the brainchild of our dedicated team of doctors who, with a commendable amount of foresight, developed a specialized facility within the centre to cater the needs of an ever increasing population of children affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).
This department caters to the scholastic needs of children with autism as well as other Specific Learning Disorders. The special educators provide a thorough pre-school training programme called the “Mat Program” developed here at Navajyothi Centre. The goal is to focus on helping children develop enhanced levels of attentiveness and sitting tolerance which is pre-requisite for children to learn new academic skill and help them integrate in to main stream school settings. An Individual Education Plan is drawn up and implemented working jointly with Occupational and Speech Therapisyts. Thus bringing about the holistic development of each child.
Sensory experiences include smell, sound, touch, taste, sight, body position and gravitational pull the process by which the brain organizes and interprets information is called sensory integration. It provides a crucial foundation required for complex learning behavior in later years. Trained therapists work with children who demonstrate unusual response to sensory stimuli which in turn have an impact on the learning of motor skills and other behaviors.
We are now witnessing an increasing demand for services to cater the needs of children with multiple disabilities. To meet this demand, Navajyothi is expanding its services to provide for children and young people with physical disabilities with the introduction of Neuro developmental therapy unit inaugurated in November 2015. Highly skilled occupational therapists provide physical therapies in a specialized setting. Additional therapeutic input is requested from supporting departments like Speech and Language therapy depending on clinical need.
The Centre has an Inpatient facility for the management of children and young people with severe mental illness and behavioral problems.
The Autism Team comprises of a group of healthcare professionals from different disciplines who share common values and objectives. The team is headed by a child psychiatrist together with a clinical psychological, social worker, occupational therapist, special educators and speech therapists. Comprehensive assessments are undertaken by the MDT in specialized settings where children and their families interact freely with staff. A Needs-based assessment leads to the formulation of an individualized management plan and the child is enrolled on the Early Years Intervention Program including.
The Occupational Therapist views the child as well as the child’s environment and the interaction between the two. The therapist works with the child in a holistic way to help them adapt to their environment, promoting independence in all activities of daily living as well as training parents to achieve behavior modification. In addition to this, therapy includes sensory integration.
Since communication difficulties are a core feature of autism the role of speech therapist is paramount. They work to improve speech and language skills in verbal children as well as the use of communication tools in non verbal children. In addition parental guidance and counseling is also provided to make them more effective participants in the speech-training programme as well as to encourage intensice home training programme.
Comprises of a Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists and Special Educators who work in specialized settings with a children on a 1:1 basis.