autism

Kerala State : Detection and Clinical camps of Autism, ADHD, Developmental Delays
 
   

Kerala or Keralam is a state located on the Malabar coast of south-west India. It was created on 1 November 1956 by the States Reorganisation Act.The state has an area of 38,863 km2 (15,005 sq mi) and is bordered by Karnataka to the north and northeast, Tamil Nadu to the south and southeast and the Arabian Sea towards the west. Thiruvananthapuram is the administrative capital and Ernakulam is the judicial capital of Kerala.

Kerala is a popular tourist destination famous for its backwaters, Ayurvedic treatments and tropical greenery. Kerala has the highest Human Development Index of all Indian states. The state has a literacy rate of 94.59 percent, also the highest in India. A survey conducted in 2005 by Transparency International ranked Kerala as the least corrupt state in the country Kerala has witnessed significant migration of its people, especially to the Persian Gulf countries during the Kerala Gulf boom, and is heavily dependent on remittances from its large Malayali expatriate community.

 
Census Data:
Kerala’s total population was about 32 million. Almost 91% of the populace is literate. And about 10.3 million i.e.32.3 percent are employed in some occupation or other. Almost 7.2 percent of the populationAccording to the census report of 2001, is employed in cultivation, 16 percent as agricultural laborers, 3.5 percent in household industries and the majority of 73.2 percent in other industries. A steep rise in the literacy has led to a rise in those employed in highly technical fields such as engineering, medicine, IT etc.

According to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry there were about 1.5 million Malayalis settled in Gulf countries alone. The major problem Kerala is grappling with currently, despite its high rate of literacy and level of education is the brain drain. Most highly educated professionals prefer to work abroad due to the higher living standards and income opportunities. However the government and other organizations are working towards combating this issue and to ensure a comfortable living for the NRI Malayalis in other countries.
Dr. Neena Shilen is presently working as Consultant, Department of Developmental Pediatrics, Sunrise Hospital, Kakkanad. She is also the Coordinator of ABCD (Assuring Brighter Child Development) Program and is one among the few doctors who has put her efforts towards bringing quality health care to everyone affordably.
In interview with her :
Q1. What is the awareness level about the need of wellness checkups for the children in the state?
Ans. Almost nil. Only the NRI population from U.S A, U.K and Europe, would take their kids for these checkups. Even though I counsel and urge parents for these wellness baby checkups, only a few come for this. A thinking has gained currency here, that  a doctor’s consultation  is only needed when a child is sick. People relate sickness only in terms of physical illness. People fail to realize that  mental, emotional and social health is necessary for the overall development of a child and to help it attain its full potential. The main goal of wellness check is early detection and early intervention. Intervention done at a later stage is not so effective as early intervention.
Q2. What do you think about the need for qualified psychologists in schools and colleges in Kerala?
Ans. I think all schools should have a resource room with special educators and counselors who can recognize the signals of psychological distress and learning disorders so that they can refer the children for further evaluation to a qualified psychologist.
 
No services provided by the government, parents and professionals dependent upon either internet or other organization initiatives. Only computer literate parents can implement those resources.
 
Camp Recommendations
·         For Parents
o   Detection questionnaire: we can use charmtracker.com
o   Autism biomedical view: AAF Autism Treatment & management booklet (FREE for members of the AAF foundation)
o   Recommend clinical biomarkers testing –  local pathology lab
o   Understanding autism symptoms related to yeast,diet,clostridia etc – biomarkers, research papers can be used
o   Diet and Nutrition
o   OrthoMolecular approach : basic dietary supplements
o   Basic testing ; urine, blood and stool : Different USA and India labs ex
o   Behavioral Intervention : and other teaching approaches will be available on our AAF website
o   Speech
o   OT: sensory diet
 
·         For Professionals (hospitals, doctors)
o   Detection questionnaire: we can use charmtracker.com
o   Autism biomedical view: AAF Autism Treatment & management booklet (FREE for members of the AAF foundation)
o   Research papers, presentations,videos CDs
o   Recommend clinical biomarkers testing – local pathology lab
o   Understanding autism symptoms related to yeast,diet,clostridia etc – AAP GI papers can be used as research available 
o   Diet and Nutrition o   Research papers on Gastrointestinal markers, MB12 shots,Dietary supplements
o   Basic testing ; urine, blood and stool  
o   Behavioral Intervention : and other teaching approaches will be available on our AAF website
Speech
OT Sensory
 
 
 

Clinical Camps for Kerala State

Detection and Examination of Autism and Multiple Disabilities

Objective

Institute of Nutrition and Health Psychology (INHP) is planning a new programme of running massive screening – clinical camps through out Kerala state.(Detection and examination).As an initial step it will run about 100 such camps where some amount of health education sessions will also be conducted for parents of children with behavioral disorders, autism, learning disorder, ADHD and so on.

This is not like an academic program or workshop but face to face meeting with people with problems and offering solutions.

 

Contact

Dr.S.Satheesh Nair,

MPhil (Medical &Social Psychology).

PhD (Clinical Psychology), Dip Edu Counselling (NCERT)

Certificate- nutrition & Mental health (ceu .USA).

Clinical Psychologist.HG

Govt. Health Services.Kerala.

(Hon. Director, Institute of Nutrition and Health Psychology)

www.inhpeople.com

 

 

     
     
     

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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