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Akhil Autism Foundation in collaboration with Skillsprout the first two day conference in Kolkata India Dec 2010.


Autism in Kolkata

Behavior Intervention Workshop

11th and 12th December 2010: Kolkata India

Child Development Centre(CDC), Apollo Gleneagles Hospital (AGH) Kolkata India
AUTISM in Kolkata : By Dr Anjan Bhattacharya CDC Kolkata

 

     

It is commonly held against the third world that there is a dearth of proper services for children of a lesser God in these nations. The reasons are multiple. The biggest, in my opinion, is that of lack of the Awareness.

Developmental Disorders are not easy to comprehend, even by the medics themselves. In Kolkata, we need a sustained intervention programme. Applied Behaviour Analysis [ABA] is an International validated tool for such use. With better awareness comes better identification.
We look forward to the enterprise of Akhil Autism Foundation [AAF] and Skill Sprout of New Jersey, USA in bringing such solution to Kolkata through CDC, AGH
If sustained, this programme has the potential to improve so many blighted lives that we appeal everybody in their limited or otherwise capacities to support this initiative with donations and logistic supports.

Akhil Autism Foundation USA


 

 
Autism
  USA India

  Autistic
  population

  • 1 in 110
  • 1 in 57 in boys
  • Estimation atleast 4 million autistic children in India
  • No exact numbers.

  Diagnosed

  • As early as 9 months
  • Around 2 yrs of age or later
  • Paediatricians: “slow” or “mentally abnormal”
  • Delayed or incorrect treatment

  Government

  • Autism under a disability act
  • Provides Free services to parents
  • Rehabilitation enters

 

  • Mid 1990: under disability
  • No services from government
  • No Rehabilitation centres parents have to be dependent on siblings,relatives

  Behavior
  Intervention

  • Early intervention from 0-3 yrs of age from Government
  • Special School from government
  • Workshops/Training for parents and professionals
  • Few Private Special schools
  • Regular schools reject children
  • Parents have to educate themselves
  • No or very few workshops/training for parents and professionals

  Medical
  treatment

  • 2 views in USA
  • Brain disorder : No Hope
  • Medical disorder: Hope & Recovery

 

  • Only one  view(another emerging)
  • Brain Disorder
  • Behavior Intervention
  • Drugs
  • No Hope

  Research

  • Autism Research Institute (1967)
  • Defeat Autism Now conferences
  • Training health care professionals
  • Treatment protocols for parents
  • Some genetic research
  • No conferences
  • No Training for health care professionals


References: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_mumbai-fights-autism_1114990

Dr. Anjan Bhattacharya, Developmental Paediatrician at the Child Development Centre of India's leading hospital chain called the Apollo Group which has 49 hospitals in 10 countries in and around India. Child development Centre, the first of its kind in the Apollo Group, is in Kolkata (formarly, Calcutta).He has spent 13 years in the UK, of which, the last 6 were spent in the Child development Centre of Newham, London, UK.

Autism and Autistic Spectrum Disorders are quoted a Prevalence figure of between 1 in 100 to 1 in 250 depending on the inclusiveness of one’s view on such matters.

Dr. Hillary Cass, a Paediatric Consultant of the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, with her vast experience on the subject, is more inclined to believe in the more prevalent figures of 1 in 100 in the general population.

It does not take a rocket scientist to calculate that, if the actual figures are 60% more (10 per thousand than 4 per thousand) than that is being unearthed in the western world even as we speak, what it would be like in a developing nation like India.

I leave my professional profile for the readers of this excerpt to comprehend, how I must have felt lost once I started my practice back in Kolkata after 12 to 13 years in the UK, the last 6 years of which were in the field of Developmental Paediatrics in London.

It is commonly held against the third world that there is a dearth of proper services for children of a lesser God in these nations. The reasons are multiple. The biggest, in my opinion, is that of lack of the Awareness.

Developmental Disorders are not easy to comprehend, even by the medics themselves. Four years since my return, I am still giving lectures to local Paediatricians in the topic of what does a Developmental Paediatrician do.

In Kolkata, we need a sustained intervention programme. Applied Behaviour Analysis [ABA] is an International validated tool for such use. With better awareness comes better identification. We are fortunate in Kolkata to start a high quality Child Development Centre at the Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata [CDC, AGH]. Quality has proven to be the only indicator to make a visible difference in the management outcomes in children with developmental disorders like Autism.

It is however, very important to standardize things. From CDC, AGH, we have started four Pilot Studies, three of which involves Childhood Autism.

We are interested in establishing standardized interventions of quality in our metropolis, which caters to the entire eastern India.

We are also interested to research these service development initiatives to measure benefits that they infer to our local population.

Our results may be of interest to the ethnic minorities residing in the western societies and the stake-holders of their service providers.

 

We look forward to the enterprise of Akhil Autism Foundation [AAF] and Skill Sprout of New Jersey, USA in bringing such solution to Kolkata through CDC, AGH. This has been embraced by our intelligentsia in the form of association of national Growth, Development & Behavioral Pediatric [GDBP] Chapter of Indian Academy of Pediatrics [IAP] and West Bengal Academy of Pediatrics [WBAP], making it an authentic programme of academic interest for the community.

If sustained, this programme has the potential to improve so many blighted lives that we appeal everybody in their limited or otherwise capacities to support this initiative with donations and logistic supports.

Akhil Autism Foundation in Collaboration with SkillSprout
Presenting our 2 day seminar in Kolkata India
11th and 12th Dec 2010
VENUE: CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, APOLLO GLENEAGLES HOSPITALS KOLKATA

Child Development Centre, Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata (CDC, AGH) has come up in UK’s models of their Child Development Centre as a One-Stop-Shop for children with Developmental Disorders, Neurobehavioral problems and Neuro-disabilities like Autism, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Speech Delay, Motor delay, Visual, Hearing or Dental problems, Epilepsy, Enuresis, Eating disorders etc.

CDC, AGH, Kolkata has successfully put together an excellent team of multidisciplinary professionals like Paediatric Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech & Language Therapist, Music & Movement Therapist, Special Educators, Psychologists etc. many of whom have excellent training from abroad or the best this country can offer. Their care is coordinated under the expert hands of the Developmental Pediatrician and the Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist in India’s first Child Development Centre in corporate Healthcare Setup at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata



 


 

 

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