Early Detection & Intervention Center
Medical rehabilitation for the differently abled is an essential step towards better living. Primary care, coordinated and comprehensive support at first contact and on continuous basis is the rule at Karunya Medical & Vocational Rehabilitation Center (KMVRC).
Government of India is committed to improve survival outcome through early identification and management of Defects at Birth, Deficiencies, Diseases, Developmental delays including disabilities– ‘4 Ds and has setup various DEICs across India.
DEIC are established one in every district and functioning at optinum level but unable to cater to all those who need the specialised support. NGOs like us established as at par institutions to extend such support related to medical rehabilitation and early detection of disabilities in order to provide early intervention measures that can be pivotal to the individuals and families. As the primary objective of DEIC is to provide referral support to children detected with health conditions during health screening, primarily for children up to 6 years of age. At KMVRC, Palakkad we cater to the needs of children 0 to 18, thus providing a gradual recorded assessment and continuous support for the children with disabilities. Parents are encouraged to provide the child’s disability certificate issued by Kerala government health department in order to make sure and be on the right track.
According to the National Sample Survey Organization (NSSO 2002), the total number
of disabled population in India is approximately 1.85 crores (1.8% of the population), however the actual estimates may be higher.
The idea behind early intervention is to intervene early and minimize disability. Once the disability is already established then the intervention would include enhancement of child development for the child to reach the highest potential for the child possible and prevent progression to handicap that may arise from activity limitation.
- Teachers at KMVRC
At KMVRC, trainers and teachers are certified from Rehabilitation Council of India in order to comply to all the governmental norms and also to make sure that care of the children and adolescents is given through subject experts. Teachers not only support children with Intellectual disabilities and physical disabilities but also learning disability which is growing in the society.
- Equipments at KMVRC
Most of the equipments are made here itself including prosthesis for legs and arms. Custom-made requirement are fulfilled at KMVRC with the support of engineering division and experts from across the world with years of experience in making supportive equipment. Medical professionals lie orthopaedic doctors and peadiatricians give their timely support and advice in the making of various equipments, thus making the equipment for the children must more user-friendly and cost-effective in comparison to the market. To buy any physiotherapy/ occupational therapy/ sensory integration equipment click here.
- Prosthesis at KMVRC
KMVRC creates customised prosthesis for legs and arms for the handicapped and disabled. Statistics shows that in India 40,000 people loose their leg every single day. These prosthesis are cost-effective, flexible, comfortable and produced using 3D printing technology to a large extent.
- Sensory Garden at KMVRC
The garden is fully looked after by a dedicated gardener and children of KMVRC. Gardening is a great sensory integration therapy as well as good to develop fine motor skills for children who have motor impairments. The senses of touch, smell, taste, see and hear are very well represented in the sensory garden making the space a much liked adobe for the children.
The garden houses various birds and is home to various plants as well. A play area, sitting area is provided inside the garden for hardplay and softplay options. Children can sit by the fountain and listen to the sound of water flow and enjoy a good range of sounds and colours in the sensory garden.
- Robotics Intervention Therapy
This program is especially developed for children with Mild Mental Retardation, Severe Motor Impairment and Autism. This is a play based therapy which developed with the support of teachers, experts and parents and meets specific educational and therapeutic objectives. The application involves human-robot interaction and emphasis upon the important role of play in child development as a crucial vehicle for learning about the physical and social environment, the self, and for developing social relationships.
For children with special needs play can be a difficult experience, as they might have limited access to this activity and may show subsequent problems in skill acquisition in various developmental areas. However, their cognitive and social development can be improved by giving them the same play opportunities as their typically-developed peers. In order to do so, it is important to provide them with the right stimuli for their developmental levels, strengths and needs. In that sense, robotic systems can be a valuable tool for children with special needs to learn through play interactions and can help them to reach the developmental steps of their chronological and/or mental ages.
After the parent meets the PRO at KMVRC, they are directed to the Special Educator who along with the physiotherapist makes the roadmap for the children in terms of physiotherapy requirements.
The major difference between occupational therapy and physical therapy is that PT concentrates on improving a child’s ability to perform movement of the human body while OT concentrates on improving a child’s ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL).
Sensory panel, tactile boards, sensory garden, right teachers and experts make sensory integration an easy affair. Sensorimotor integration as emplasized in Piaget’s 4 stages of cognitive development is monitored and supported from 0 age itself at KMVRC.
A lot of Disabilities are Visible, your reaction to them isn’t.